"The discomfort doesn't bother him at all," Mets manager Terry Collins said. "He's holding the bat well, his hand has not been an issue at all. ... Right now, I don't think surgery is an issue."
The center fielder, who wasn't in Saturday's starting lineup, is scheduled to start Sunday against left-hander Jon Lester in the Mets' final game of a four-game series against the Cubs.
Lugo's demotion came as little surprise. Since being called up Thursday, he pitched once, allowing two hits in two innings in Friday's 10-2 win over Chicago. He was 3-4 with a 6.55 ERA in 19 appearances in Triple-A before the brief promotion.
Lagares admitted that he probably tried to play too quickly after initially injuring his thumb on June 4 while robbing Ichiro Suzuki of a hit in Miami. He said he's not worried about diving for balls or running into walls after the injury, though.
"I want to go with everything I got," Lagares said.
His return means the Mets could have a crowded outfield soon. Curtis Granderson is also expected to return to the starting lineup soon from his right calf strain, and Brandon Nimmo has made a strong impression since being called up on June 25. The rookie hit his first career home run Friday, a 442-foot shot, according to Statcast™, which is the longest homer by a Mets player this season.
Joshua Needelman is a reporter for MLB.com based in New York. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.