For the second consecutive day, Juan Lagares isn't in the Mets' lineup. Lagares' absence is due to a tight leg but is hopeful to return to the lineup next week, according to Tim Britton of The Athletic.
Without Lagares, Brandon Nimmo is again on the lineup card, leading off and playing centerfield as the Mets take on the Cardinals at 1:10 p.m. on Saturday.
Lagares will have to wait to show off his new hitting adjustments after going to Craig Wallenbrock during the off-season. Wallenbrock has worked with other players such as Chris Taylor of the Dodgers and JD Martinez, both of whom saw improvements in their swing.
The 28-year-old is hoping the off-season work translates into in-game success. A career .257 hitter through his first five seasons, Lagares hit .250 with three home runs and 15 RBIs in 94 games in 2017. He won a Gold Glove in 2014, but has struggled at the plate at times and suffered a series of injuries.
Mickey Callaway has said that he wants to get Lagares at-bats this spring to give him extra reps with his new approach during exhibition games, but the injury is already eating into his swings.