The Mets see Lagares mostly as a defensive replacement for Curtis Granderson or Jay Bruce late in games. Though he is able to play the field at something close to full strength, Lagares is not yet fully comfortable gripping and swinging a bat.

Lagares was batting .243 with three home runs in 70 games prior to undergoing surgery. He won a National League Gold Glove Award in center field in 2014.

Anthony DiComo has covered the Mets for since 2008. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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