Clark missed 27 games after landing on the DL for a second time this season with a hamstring injury. Although he's hitting just .219, he has a .354 , so he could get hot at the plate in the second half if he can finally stay healthy.
Altherr did his best to make up for lost time by filling the stat sheet in his return from the 60-day DL. The 25-year-old came on strong last season when he was called up in August, and he's got the potential to be a 20-20 player when healthy. He's a guy that can change the landscape of a fantasy team just in time for a playoff run.
De Aza has had a season to forget but righted the ship slightly lately. Lagares likely will need surgery to repair his thumb, leaving a hole in center field. Manager Terry Collins could turn to Michael Conforto but may elect to go for a more natural and experienced center fielder to man the position, which would be De Aza.
Lagares likely will require surgery to repair the torn ligament in his thumb. To replace him on the active roster, Brandon Nimmo was allied up Thursday night. But he, like Conforto, is a lefty and not a true center fielder, as he is better served at a corner spot. With Yoenis Cespedes playing through a balky quad, limiting him to left field, the Mets have precious few options on center field. Conforto has been moved to that position but has been sitting against southpaws for Lagares. With Conforto, Nimmo and Curtis Granderson all lefties, Conforto might be the primary beneficiary of Lagares' absence, but there is a good chance manager Terry Collins turns to the recently hot Alejandro De Aza.
Brandon Nimmo is on his way back from Triple-A Las Vegas and is expected to take Lagares' spot on the roster. Lagares already missed a month due to the thumb injury, which he suffered trying to make a diving catch back on June 4, and it has continued to nag him since his return earlier in July. A timetable for his recovery from surgery is uncertain but it's the type of procedure that could very well knock Lagares out for the remainder of the season.
The outfielder had seen his average drop to .249 in mid-July, but has since been on a tear. He's hit safely in eight of his last nine games, going 14-for-36 (.389) with five doubles, four home runs, 10 RBI and seven runs. Tomas is one of the hottest hitters in baseball, but owners should use caution for the upcoming series in Los Angeles. The Dodgers have held visiting opponents to a .219 average this season, good for second-best in MLB (the Cubs' .204 BAA at home is tops).
The Mets have been leaning on Michael Conforto in center against right-handers over the past week, but Nimmo's return will at least give the team the option of dialing back Conforto's involvement at the position. Nimmo struggled to a .585 OPS in 16 games with the big club in his first stint with the Mets, but he's hit safely in nine straight games since his demotion back to Triple-A Las Vegas with two home runs over that span.
The Giants seemed insistent on slow-playing Pence despite his success with Triple-A Sacramento while on a rehab assignment, but it seems they are changing their tune. Pence homered in Wednesday's game with Sacramento, his second straight game with a homer, and is now batting .450 through six rehab games. While nothing's set in stone, Pence appears to have a chance to return for the final two games of the Nats series.
Homer Bailey's activation from the 60-day disabled list Thursday, the Reds needed to clear a spot on the active roster. Cincinnati ended up sending Waldrop back down to Louisville to get more regular playing time. Waldrop, who was called up on July 17, only logged four at-bats during his recent stint with the big league club.
After going 1-for-10 in his last four games, Grichuk will take the night off in favor of Jeremy Hazelbaker, who has hit just .188 with five strikeouts since being recalled from Triple-A Memphis on July 20.