Mets outfielder Juan Lagares suffered a fractured IP (interphalangeal) joint in his left thumb during Thursday’s game against the Nationals, MLB.com’s Anthony DiComo reports. As DiComo notes, it’s the same thumb in which Lagares tore a ligament last year.
Lagares, 28, was sharing time in center field with Curtis Granderson. Entering Thursday’s action, he was batting .275/.323/.418 with a pair of home runs and eight RBI in 100 plate appearances. He went 0-for-2 on Thursday before departing.
The Mets’ list of injured players grows ever longer. Lagares will join Asdrubal Cabrera, Neil Walker, Matt Harvey Jeurys Familia, Tommy Milone, Josh Smoker, Noah Syndergaard, and David Wright on the disabled list.
Anthony Fenech of the Detroit Free Press reports that Tigers starter Mike Fiers is dealing with a back issue and may not be ready for the start of the season. Manager Ron Gardenhire characterized the injury as a “stiff back” and added, “Maybe a little bit of a bulging disk or something like that.”
Fiers, 32, signed a one-year, $6 million deal with the Tigers in December. He has had a forgettable spring, yielding 12 runs on 10 hits and eight walks with seven strikeouts in 11 1/3 innings.
Fiers had a rotation spot locked up along with Michael Fulmer, Jordan Zimmermann, and Francisco Liriano. Matt Boyd and Daniel Norris were battling it out for the No. 5 spot. If Fiers opens the regular season on the 10-day disabled list, both could have spots in the rotation.