The results of Juan Lagares' MRI were better than the Mets hoped, manager Terry Collins told reporters on Tuesday.
The Mets are a "bit more optimistic" Lagares will be healthy enough to be on the Opening Day roster, reports Anthony DiComo of MLB.com.
Lagares left Saturday's game with an oblique injury. He was examined Monday in New York, where he received an MRI during the late afternoon.
He is hitting .190 with one home run and two RBI in 42 at-bats this spring, and is had been expected to make the Opening Day roster as the team's fourth outfielder.
"I feel almost 100 percent," Lagares told ESPN's Marly Rivera early Tuesday.
At this point, Michael Conforto will almost certainly replace Juan Lagares on the Opening Day roster if Lagares isn't ready. To be honest, I think the roster spot may have first gone to Brandon Nimmo, because the Mets really want Conforto playing every day - even if it meant doing so in Triple-A Las Vegas... Unfortunately Nimmo is nursing a hamstring injury and is also doubtful for the start of the season, so Conforto is the only option left to be the team's fourth outfielder - even if it again means inconsistent at bats and covering center field, where he's only played six times during his career >> Read more from March 27.