The New York Mets were able to exhale after receiving good news about new infielder Jed Lowrie. After traveling to New York for an MRI, results came back negative on the newly signed infielder’s left knee, reports Mike Puma.
Manager Mickey Callaway isn’t rushing Lowrie back, as he feels Lowrie only needs 40 at-bats during spring training to be ready for the season, according to Anthony DiComo.
Last season, Lowrie hit for a .267 average with 23 home runs, recording an on-base percentage of .353 and was a first time All-Star. His 4.8 bWAR was the highest of his career.
Although Lowrie has played mostly second base throughout his career, Robinson Cano will be getting the bulk of the playing time there this season, leading Lowrie to play mostly third base. His versatility was one of the aspects singled out when he was signed, so it wouldn’t be surprising to see him play all over the infield as the season progresses.
The early injury scare shows why New York have valued depth as a critical priority this off-season. Despite nothing major occurring yet in terms of injury, the 2019 Mets will have a next-man-up mentality with their deep roster of position players.