TORONTO - As the Blue Jays' Chris Colabello rounded third base, Juan Lagares raced to the ball and faced a decision.

Last season, it would have been an easy call for Lagares to fire home, even if it would have taken a perfect throw to get him.

But this year, the Mets have discouraged Lagares from making such throws, driven by concerns about a sprained elbow that has caused the discomfort that he's played through all season. And as he's done for much of the season, Lagares did not throw home Thursday night.

General manager Sandy Alderson said that a corrective procedure such as Tommy John surgery "is not anything that we're looking at."

Nevertheless, manager Terry Collins said the injury has prevented Lagares "from making the throws he would normally make on a daily basis."

Verrett gets his chance

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Dillon Gee remains with the Mets organization though he has been designated for assignment. But as he awaits his fate -- he'll likely be traded or demoted -- the Mets gave away his No. 35 to reliever Logan Verrett, who was promoted last night from Triple-A Las Vegas.

Verrett struck out four in two perfect innings Thursday night.

The 24-year-old was drafted by the Mets, then lost to the Orioles in last winter's Rule 5 draft. In May, he was returned by the Rangers, who had claimed him off waivers. "A bit unusual the route I took," he said.

Top two picks signed

The Mets signed outfielder Desmond Lindsay (53rd overall) and lefthander Max Wotell (88th overall), their first two selections in the draft, the club announced Thursday. Both have been assigned to the Mets' rookie-level team in the Gulf Coast League. Lindsay signed for $1,142,700, his maximum slot value, a source confirmed.