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Jed Lowrie diagnosed with capsule sprain in left knee

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An MRI on Lowrie’s knee came back negative earlier this week.

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Ahead of the spring training opener, the New York Mets have released a diagnosis on Jed Lowrie’s left knee pain. The team announced that the infielder has a “capsule sprain” in his left knee, according to MLB.com’s Anthony DiComo.

Lowrie, who signed a two-year deal with the club in January, flew back to New York earlier this week to get an MRI after complaining of soreness in his knee. The MRI did not reveal any serious damage, but the Mets did not provide further information following the MRI results.

The Mets appear to be taking it slow with Lowrie, who will turn 35 years old in April. Lowrie called the injury “beyond frustrating” and said that he is unsure if he will be ready for Opening Day. Should Lowrie miss any time during the regular season, Jeff McNeil could reclaim some playing time in the infield. Todd Frazier, who is likely to play some first base with Lowrie at third, can also move back to the hot corner, with either J.D. Davis or Pete Alonso becoming the primary first baseman.