After spending the majority of Spring Training away from the baseball field, Jed Lowrie began throwing and hitting programs this week according to Anthony DiComo of MLB.com. He has been unable to participate in any baseball activities after suffering a sprained left knee capsule.
Lowrie was diagnosed with the injury in late February and has yet to appear in a spring training game. Despite beginning baseball activities this week, it remains unlikely that Lowrie will be ready to join the New York Mets for Opening Day on March 28. Instead, it is believed Jeff McNeil will begin the season as the starting third basemen if Lowrie is unavailable.
The Mets signed Lowrie to a two-year deal worth $20 million during the offseason. Last year, the 34-year-old appeared in his first All-Star game while batting .267 to go along with a .353 on-base-percentage and 23 home runs. He is expected to be the team’s third baseman, although he will likely play multiple positions for the Mets.