Lagares was recalled from Triple-A Salt Lake and is starting in left field Wednesday against the Rays.
The 32-year-old was sent to the alternate site after being activated from the injured list at the end of April, but he'll quickly rejoin the Angels. Lagares went 0-for-7 in two appearances before suffering the calf injury, and he'll likely see extended playing time should Justin Upton (knee) require a stint on the injured list.
Lagares (calf) was reinstated from the 10-day injured list and optioned to Triple-A Salt Lake on Friday, Jack Harris of the Los Angeles Times reports.
Lagares had been on the injured list since April 13, but he was trending toward a return throughout the week. It appears as though the 32-year-old will report to the Triple-A level to begin the minor-league season, but he could return to the majors in a depth role at some point.
Lagares (calf) will return to action "any day now" according to manager Joe Maddon, Jack Harris of the Los Angeles Times reports.
Lagares' return has been said to be imminent since late in the week, and he could be activated as soon as Monday. The 32-year-old has logged only seven at-bats so far this season and has yet to collect a hit. He'll likely serve as the team's fourth outfielder when he resumes playing.
Lagares (calf) could be activated during the team's weekend series against the Astros, Fabian Ardaya of The Athletic reports.
Lagares is first eligible to come off the injured list Friday, and that appears to be a realistic possibility. He took live at-bats earlier in the week and has had no reported setbacks. Even so, Lagares has only seven plate appearances this season and is likely to remain in a depth role upon his return.
Lagares (calf) took live at-bats during a workout Sunday, Fabian Ardaya of The Athletic reports.
With Sunday's game postponed due to the Twins' COVID-19 outbreak, Lagares was able to swing the bat in a workout against pitchers Alex Cobb and Raisel Iglesias. The outfielder appears to be trending toward a return soon after he is eligible to come off the IL on Friday.
Lagares (calf) has resumed light running and has taken batting practice, Fabian Ardaya of The Athletic reports.
Lagares landed on the injured list with a calf strain Tuesday, but it doesn't look as though he's in line for a particularly lengthy absence. Jared Walsh has handled right field in his absence.
Lagares (calf) was placed on the 10-day injured list Tuesday, Rhett Bollinger of MLB.com reports.
He was scratched from Monday's lineup with calf tightness, which may have ended up being a strain. Jon Jay is the expected replacement on the active roster. The Angels opted to go with Jared Walsh in right field and Albert Pujols at first base Tuesday, which could be a common alignment in the short term.
Lagares (calf) is not in Tuesday's lineup against the Royals, Rhett Bollinger of MLB.com reports.
The Angels will go with an alignment of Jared Walsh in right field and Albert Pujols at first base, and it's unclear whether Lagares is sitting due to calf tightness or this is just the preferred lineup construction against lefty Danny Duffy. There could be playing time available for Lagares once he's healthy with Dexter Fowler (knee) on the shelf.
Lagares was scratched from the lineup for Monday's game against the Royals with left calf tightness, Rhett Bollinger of MLB.com reports.
Albert Pujols will enter the lineup at first base as Jared Walsh moves out to right field to cover for Lagares, who had been filling in for Dexter Fowler (knee). It's uncertain whether Lagares is available off the bench.
Lagares will start in right field and bat ninth Sunday against the Blue Jays.
Lagares will stick in the lineup for the second straight day, with his starts coming against both a left-hander (Steven Matz) and a right-hander (Tanner Roark). The 32-year-old broke camp with the Angels as a fourth outfielder, but it looks like he could be in store for an everyday role after Dexter Fowler (knee) was placed on the 10-day injured list Saturday with a season-ending ACL tear.
Lagares had his contract selected by the Angels on Wednesday.
The 32-year-old made a strong impression during spring training and was able to secure a spot on the Opening Day roster. Lagares should begin the season operating as the Halos' fourth outfielder behind starters Mike Trout, Dexter Fowler and Justin Upton.
Lagares is expected to open the season as the Angels' fourth outfielder, Fabian Ardaya of The Athletic reports.
The 31-year-old was already the favorite for the job, and his roster positioning has become more stable with Scott Schebler reassigned to minor-league camp and Jon Jay cut over the past two days. Lagares will be limited to a reserve role while Mike Trout, Justin Upton and Dexter Fowler remain healthy, and even if the Angels were to lose a starter for a significant period, they might elect to call up a prospect like Jo Adell rather than give consistent at-bats to Lagares.
Lagares is slashing .500/.529/.563 with three stolen bases and two RBI this spring, and he remains a candidate for the Angels' fourth-outfielder role, Fabian Ardaya of The Athletic reports.
Lagares is in camp as a non-roster invitee on a minor-league deal, but he may be cementing an Opening Day roster spot with his stellar spring. The 31-year-old is a career .254 hitter and has never demonstrated much power, so his fantasy appeal is minimal. However, Lagares' strong defense and above-average speed could make him an appealing reserve option for the Angels.
Lagares signed a minor-league deal with the Angels on Saturday, Jeff Fletcher of The Orange County Register reports.
The 31-year-old will join the Halos as a non-roster invitee for spring training to compete for a spot on the roster as a reserve outfielder. Lagares initially signed with the Padres for 2020 but elected free agency in July and eventually returned to the Mets, though he didn't appear in a game during a three-day stint on the big-league roster. He had a .213/.279/.326 slash line in 285 plate appearances during 2019 with New York and has never offered a strong bat, but he still provides a reliable glove in the outfield.
Lagares was granted his release Monday after refusing his outright assignment to the Mets' alternate training site, Tim Healey of Newsday reports.
With two other defensive-minded center fielders ahead of him in the pecking order in Jake Marisnick and Billy Hamilton, Lagares was deemed expendable by the Mets, who designated him for assignment last week. Though he went unclaimed off waivers, Lagares decided to try his luck in another organization rather than returning to the Mets' alternate training site. He could resurface in the majors in September if other teams are in need of experienced outfield depth.
Lagares was designated for assignment by the Mets on Friday, Anthony DiComo of MLB.com reports.
The Mets purchased the 31-year-old's contract Tuesday, and he didn't have a plate appearance in his two games with the team. Lagares could return to the alternate training site if he goes unclaimed on waivers.
Lagares' contract was purchased prior to Tuesday's game against the Marlins, Anthony DiComo of MLB.com reports.
Lagares has not had much success as a hitter in recent seasons, but he could get the occassional start and could also serve as a defensive replacement late in games. Andres Gimenez was placed on the injured list for an undisclosed reason as a corresponding move.
Lagares signed a minor-league deal with the Mets on Wednesday, Justin Toscano of The Bergen Record reports.
Lagares had spent his entire professional career, which began back in 2006, in the Mets' organization before joining the Padres on a minor-league deal in February. He elected free agency after failing to make the team's 60-man player pool and is now back in his original big-league home. He'll fill a depth role for the Mets once he's back in game shape, though he may be behind Jake Marisnick as the team's fourth outfielder.
Lagares elected free agency Tuesday.
Lagares was left off the Padres' 60-man roster for the 2020 season, and he'll become a free agent ahead of the start of the regular season. It remains to be seen whether Lagares will be able to land a contract elsewhere this season. The 31-year-old struggled in 2019 with a .213/.279/.326 line, five home runs and 27 RBI over 133 games with the Mets.
Lagares was not listed among the initial 52 players who will participate in the Padres' summer camp.
The Padres still have eight open spots, so Lagares could still be among the players included in the 60-man player pool. It's possible that he was invited and declined over health concerns, given that he was in camp on a minor-league deal.
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