Mets activate Juan Lagares, send Seth Lugo back to minors

NEW YORK (AP) Outfielder Juan Lagares has been activated from the 15-day disabled list by the New York Mets, who optioned right-hander Seth Lugo to Triple-A Las Vegas.

Lagares, who hasn't played for the Mets since June 14 because of a sprained left thumb, hit .333 (6 for 18) during a four-game injury rehabilitation stint with Double-A Binghamton. Mets manager Terry Collins said Lagares will start Sunday against Chicago Cubs left-hander Jon Lester.

Lugo, a 26-year-old right-hander, made his big league debut with two innings of two-hit relief against the Cubs on Friday, becoming the first Mets player to wear No. 67 in a regular-season game.

New York announced the moves before Saturday's game.

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