Both Jose Reyes and Juan Lagares will join the Binghamton Mets on Tuesday night in Altoona for a 7:05 PM ET game against the Curve. Reyes, who signed a minor league contract with the Mets just this past Saturday, will be making his first appearance with the B-Mets since rehab assignments in 2011, 2004, and 2002 when he hit .287 and stole 27 bases in over 65 games.
Lagares has been assigned to the team for continued rehab on a sprained left thumb suffered on a diving catch against the Miami Marlins on June 4th. He had been hitting .289 in 48 games before being put on the DL four days later. These two players can have an immediate impact up in the major leagues, with Reyes, currently 33-years-old, providing a much needed spark on offense and leadership abilities, no matter what his off the field issues are, that are absent with the loss of David Wright.
The 27-year-old Lagares has proven to be a solid and rather productive player, winning an NL Gold Glove Award in 2014 for his outstanding play in the outfield and hitting .304 in 218 games with the B-Mets in 2011 and 2012. With no official timetable put on both players’ time in Binghamton, it’s reasonable to think that, especially considering the recent three-game sweep at the hands of the Washington Nationals, the two could get called up within 2 weeks or certainly after the MLB All-Star break.