When Juan Lagares suffered a hyperextended big toe making a catch during Wednesday’s game, it didn’t seem like a major injury. However, an MRI revealed a complete tear of the plantar plate of the toe. He’s slated for surgery next week, and the Mets announced that it’s “likely” he will miss the remainder of the season.
Playing primarily against lefties, Lagares was hitting .333/.375/.390 in 59 at-bats this season. In spite of the injuries that have set him back time after time, he was still playing excellent defense in center field, making him a nice asset on a team whose alternatives in center are better suited for the corners.
Unfortunately, Lagares’s body has rarely been up to the task of allowing him to play regularly. In 2013 and 2014, he was probably the best defensive center fielder in the majors, making him a strong regular despite middling offensive production. His overall play slipped the next year, and this will be the third season in a row in which he’s failed to play in 100 games.