Jay Bruce was the first to notice. The Mets ranger beckoned to foreman Terry Collins from the right woods. Eventually, manager and fitness trainer Ray Ramirez went to the center to see Juan Lagares.
At first Collins did not think it was something serious. It was a while later Ramirez informed him that Gold Glove winner Lagares suffered a left thumb fracture during New York’s 8-3 loss to the Washington Nationals on Thursday.
The injury occurred during the same day in which the Novena Queens had to disable opener Matt Harvey and intermission player Neil Walker.
Lagares, who suffered a tear in the same thumb last year, was injured by headlining in the fifth inning to try to catch a shot from Anthony Rendon. The Spaniard continued in the game, but when he returned to the dugout, he noticed that he was not able to grab his bat.