8/4/2014 5:56 P.M. ET
Collins: Lagares' defense ranks with the best
By Anthony DiComo / MLB.com
NEW YORK -- Even the Mets, who watch Juan Lagares play every day, are sometimes amazed by the outfielder's capabilities.
Lagares put on another defensive show in Monday's loss to the Giants, throwing a runner out at home plate in the seventh inning to stop the bleeding during a potentially huge rally.
With one run already home and two men on base, Pablo Sandoval hit a sharp single to center field. Lagares charged, took a quick extra step and fired home, putting his entire body's momentum behind the throw. It sailed about a foot to the third-base side of home plate, allowing catcher Travis d'Arnaud to catch it on the fly and apply the tag.
"There are a lot of good outfielders in this league, but Juan Lagares ranks right with anybody in this league defensively," manager Terry Collins said. "He's got a great arm."
Mets designate Abreu, recall Nieuwenhuis
NEW YORK -- Bobby Abreu may not be ready to retire, but the 40-year-old's unexpected run with the Mets has come to an end.
The Mets designated Abreu for assignment after Monday's 4-3 loss to the Giants, recalling outfielder Kirk Nieuwenhuis from Triple-A Las Vegas. Signing with the team as a Minor League free agent earlier this season, Abreu was initially successful, but finished his tenure in an 0-for-13 funk at the plate. Appearing mostly late in games off the bench, Abreu batted .065 as a pinch-hitter.
"It's not that easy coming off the bench, especially when you're used to playing every day," Abreu said.
Regardless, Abreu said he cherished his experience with the Mets after sitting out all of last season, unable to find a job. A veteran of 18 seasons and six big league teams, Abreu is a career .291 hitter with a .395 on-base percentage. He wants to continue playing if possible, and did not rule out joining Triple-A Las Vegas.
At the least, he will participate in Winter Ball in his native Venezuela, hoping someday to become a big league hitting coach.
"I had a good time with the Mets," Abreu said. "I just want to say, 'Thanks for the opportunities.' All I have to do is just wait, see what's going to happen and then after that, make a decision."
Nieuwenhuis, 26, will join the Mets on Tuesday for his fourth big league stint of the season. His respectable production at Vegas -- a .512 slugging percentage with 11 home runs in 57 games -- has not yet translated to the Majors, but Nieuwenhuis should receive plenty of opportunities as the Mets continue their search for an everyday left fielder. Chris Young and Eric Young Jr. have most recently manned that position for the Mets, with subpar results.
Collins ejected for arguing balls and strikes
NEW YORK -- Mets manager Terry Collins was ejected after the seventh inning of Monday's 4-3 loss to the Giants for arguing balls and strikes.
For much of Monday's game, the Mets appeared to take issue with home-plate umpire Ben May's strike zone. Third baseman David Wright exchanged more than a few words with May after the umpire rung him up on a called strike three in the third inning, and may have been ejected had third-base coach Tim Teufel not interfered. Four innings later, Lucas Duda more subtly argued with May following another strikeout.
Collins began hollering to May from the dugout after Duda's strikeout, eventually emerging onto the field. May ejected him between innings.
"The ball to Lucas was quite obviously low," Collins said. "One of the things you try to say is, 'Hey, this is a big part of the game here. These guys are paid to swing the bat. They don't want to walk. If that pitch is that close, Lucas Duda would have been swinging.' That was pretty much my version of it."
Wright participating in Big League Impact
NEW YORK -- David Wright is among a handful of Major League Baseball players turning fantasy football into charity.
Wright will lead a charity fantasy football draft on Aug. 27 at Citi Field, allowing fans to compete against Mets players in a live draft and play against them throughout the NFL season. Wright, Dillon Gee, Matt Harvey, Daniel Murphy and Jon Niese will each compete in a separate division, with space for 11 fans in each division.
"I try to do as much charity work as I can, and obviously I really enjoy fantasy football, so it seems like the best of both worlds," Wright said. "I appreciate [Cardinals pitcher] Adam [Wainwright] thinking of me to represent the New York market. It should be a good time."
Fans can purchase the right to manage a team for a $3,000 donation and can bring along a co-manager for an additional $1,000. Yet another optional $1,000 allows fans to select the division in which they will compete.
Proceeds will go to the Ronald McDonald Houses in Long Island and New York, the Mets Foundation and Big League Impact.
The latter is the personal charity of Wainwright, who is organizing the event throughout baseball. After launching the inaugural event last year in St. Louis, Wainwright called star players around the league this year to expand it. That's where Wright comes in.
League managers in New York will be invited to participate in a live draft at Citi Field, with complimentary food and beverages available. Managers will also receive autographed memorabilia signed by all participating players, photos with Mr. and Mrs. Met, VIP access to batting practice, a behind-the-scenes tour of Citi Field and tickets to that night's game against the Braves.
"It's an easy sell, because you're talking about hopefully a lot of money going to four really, really cool causes," Wright said. "They were really excited to be a part of it."
• Long Island native Steven Matz delivered another strong outing Sunday for Double-A Binghamton, allowing one unearned run in six innings to lower his ERA to 2.85. Matz has struck out (44) more than four times as many batters as he has walked (10).
• Triple-A Las Vegas shortstop Matt Reynolds won Pacific Coast League Player of the Week honors for July 28-Aug. 3, after hitting .533 with six multihit games and a 1.355 OPS. Reynolds was the Mets' second-round pick in the 2012 First-Year Player Draft.