The center fielder was left out of the starting lineup four times in a stretch of five games last week, raising eyebrows because of Lagares’ fine play this season. Collins, however, has four outfielders he wants to get regular at-bats, so someone is the odd man out each night.
The hashtag #FreeLagares was even trending Friday on Twitter.
Lagares was in a 5-for-27 slide at the plate when he returned to the starting lineup Saturday. He had a huge game against Washington with a home run, three RBIs and a leaping catch at the wall to rob Jayson Werth of a homer.
Asked before Sunday’s game what Lagares needs to do to become an everyday player, Collins bristled.
« He has been an everyday player, » Collins said. « He got into a little…
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