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Mets place Juan Lagares on the disabled list

Jun 2, 2014, 2:19 PM EDT

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Mets center fielder Juan Lagares is headed back to the disabled list with a strained intercostal muscle one month after coming off the disabled list following a hamstring injury.

It’s a tough break for the Mets, because Lagares is a fantastic defensive center fielder who’s actually hit well this season with a .288 batting average and .754 OPS in 42 games. On the Mets only Lucas Duda has a higher OPS this season and Lagares’ defense would be good enough to make him valuable even if he weren’t hitting much at all.

New York called up Matt den Dekker from Triple-A to take Lagares’ spot on the roster and Chris Young figures to pick up significant action in center field.

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