- Mike Mazzeo, ESPN Staff Writer
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NEW YORK -- New York Mets centerfielder Juan Lagares returned to Citi Field on Wednesday. Lagares missed Tuesday night’s game because he was in the Dominican Republic due to a death in his family. An aunt helped who raise him as a child passed away over the weekend.
“We were really close,” Lagares said.
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Lagares will be in the lineup, leading off against the Los Angeles Dodgers. Lagares, 25, had been 3-for-8 with a home run and four RBIs in his previous two games before having to leave the team briefly.
• Catcher Travis d’Arnaud, currently on the seven-day concussion disabled list, passed impact and physical tests that the Mets put him through, and manager Terry Collins says he’s feeling much better. Collins said d’Arnaud will visit a doctor on Thursday before the next step in his progression toward a return can be determined.
• Rookie right-hander Jacob deGrom will get at least one more start at the major-league level aside from Wednesday night, Collins said. Righty Dillon Gee (strained lat muscle) will throw on Wednesday, and is feeling much better. Gee plans to make a minor-league rehab start before returning from the DL.
• Despite hitting some balls hard, third baseman David Wright has just one extra-base hit in his last nine games. In his last 40 at-bats, Wright has struck out 11 times.
“I just told David to be himself. Be a good hitter, and the power will come,” Collins said. “And he is a good hitter ... but there’s no reason why you shouldn’t be able to be frustrated once in a while. It comes with part of being in the game. But he’s gotta keep continuing to put good swings on the ball and make solid contact. And when he does that, things start to change around here weather-wise and we’re going to see those power numbers again.”
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