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.
When it rains it pours, and it’s raining cats and dogs in Queens. The Mets just released injury updates for second baseman Neil Walker and starter Matt Harvey: they’ve both been placed on the 10-day disabled list and they’re both expected to miss several weeks, according to the team.
Walker has a partially torn hamstring, which he injured while trying to beat out a bunt in last night’s victory over the Cubs. Harvey has a stress injury to the scapula bone in his right shoulder, which explains his drastically diminished velocity and ineffectiveness in four innings of work last night. He received an injection in the shoulder and will rehab it until he is pain free.
The Mets have a seeming army of players on the DL right now, including starter Noah Syndergaard who is still weeks away from throwing and closer Jeurys Familia, out until at least September and, most likely, the entire season, following surgery to repair a blood clot in his pitching arm.
ESPN’s Jerry Crasnick reports that Major League Baseball is investigating abuse allegations against Rays catcher Derek Norris made by his ex-fiancée, Kristen Eck, in an Instagram post. As Crasnick notes, Eck didn’t refer to him by name, but she did an interview with MLB Network two years ago in which she was identified as his fiancée.
In the post, Eck wrote that she “was physically and emotionally abused by this beautiful man.” Later on in the post, she wrote, “When I left, he and his family made sure I had nothing.”
Norris, 28, signed a one-year, $1.2 million contract with the Rays near the end of spring training. So far this season, he has hit a poor .194/.256/.326 in 160 plate appearances.
Commissioner Rob Manfred has increased punishment for players alleged of domestic abuse. Last year, former Braves outfielder Hector Olivera was suspended 82 games, then-Rockies shortstop Jose Reyes got a 52-game suspension, and Aroldis Chapman got 30 games. Jeurys Familia served a 15-game suspension to start the 2017 season for his incident earlier this year. Punishments levied by Major League Baseball are not dependent on a criminal conviction.