A few quick New York Mets tidbits: Travis d'Arnaud, the stud catching prospect acquired from the Toronto Blue Jays last winter in the trade that sent R.A. Dickey to Canada, suffered a non-displaced fracture of the first metatarsal bone in his left foot last week, and he'll miss around eight weeks. The good news is that he won't need surgery, but this is a big setback to his 2013 season, in which he was expected to join the Mets' roster quickly. John Buck is on fire at the plate, too, so he's earned the playing time. Don't expect d'Arnaud to make his Metropolitan debut until much later this year.
Juan Lagares was brought up from Triple-A Las Vegas yesterday at the expense of Kirk Nieuwenhuis. The struggles of Collin Cowgill in center field (.190-2-8) in the early going fueled this decision for Terry Collins. Matt Den Dekker (fractured right wrist) is also out with a broken wrist at Las Vegas.
Lagares, 24, is a minor league veteran of seven years and has below-average power (career-high nine homers in 2011). He's extremely athletic, though, and has above-average speed (21 thefts last year with Double-A Binghamton). It's unclear how often Lagares will play over Cowgill, and that'll likely depend on how Cowgill responds, but Lagares is worth a look in NL-only leagues if he finds his way into New York's lineup enough.
About Keith Hernandez
Keith, an editor with KFFL, joined the team as a Hot off the Wire analyst in 2008 and has been playing fantasy sports since 2005. He is involved in MLB, NFL and NASCAR content. He graduated from the University of California-San Diego in 2005 with a B.A. in Communications and was a four-year starter as a member of the baseball program.
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