As Matt Ehalt of Northjersey.com first reported, new Mets infielder, Jed Lowrie is dealing with left knee soreness that has limited his activity so far this spring. Manager, Mickey Callaway says they will be “cautious” with him moving forward and he will receive an MRI just to be safe, per Tim Healey of Newsday. Healey also noted that the team is unsure of how serious the injury is at the moment.
Callaway mentioned, the plan is to get Lowrie around 40 at-bats this spring before the season begins and he also stated that the recent signing of shortstop, Adeiny Hechavarria had no relation to this injury.
Lowrie was one of the Mets key free agent acquisitions this offseason and was an All-Star with the Oakland Athletics in 2018, where he posted a 4.8 WAR and .267/.353/.448 line with a wRC+ 122 of to go along with 23 home runs and 99 RBI. The soon to be 35-year-old also brings versatility to this club with his ability to play second and third base, as well as shortstop.
Although Mets new General manager, Brodie Van Wagenen has built strong depth this offseason that provides insurance for seemingly “nagging” injuries such as this, Lowrie is going to be heavily counted on as a large contributor to this everyday lineup and the club’s success in 2019.
While it is probably too early to sound the alarm, this latest injury is something to keep an eye on as we progress through the official start of spring training in the coming weeks, where Lowrie has been given a specific number of at-bats he needs to fulfill by his manager before the season officially begins, as previously mentioned.