New York Mets: Lowrie is practicing with no restrictions; Cespedes is still limited

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Mar 23, 2019; Lake Buena Vista, FL, USA; A view of the Grapefruit League logo on the hat of New York Mets second baseman Robinson Cano (24) prior to the game against the Atlanta Braves at Champion Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Aaron Doster-USA TODAY Sports

Two New York Mets‘ players that aren’t in the cards to be regulars as of now, but are near locks to make the roster if healthy, are making progress injury-wise. Yoenis Cespedes and Jed Lowrie are, according to manager Luis Rojas, making progress.

Lowrie came to the Mets prior to the 2019 season. However, he only managed eight plate appearances with a variety of injuries, including a left knee issue that is about to turn a year old.

Cespedes, meanwhile, hasn’t played since July 2018 with multiple heel injuries. The 2019 season was also a lost one, after he had a run-in with a wild boar that resulted in a broken ankle.

Per Rojas, Lowrie was a full participant in the Mets’ sessions and workouts. He had no physical restrictions and took ground balls, took live batting practice and more. “Jed is a full go in practice,” the skipper said. He is still wearing a brace.

Lowrie reported to Mets’ camp with a large brace

When he reported to the New York Mets’ camp on Sunday, Lowrie appeared with a large knee brace. He said it helped him manage the “symptoms” he was feeling, although he failed to specify which those were.

The Cuban outfielder, meanwhile, had an eventful first workout day on Monday. He declined to talk to the press covering the Mets in Port St. Lucie. He also said that he didn’t plan on doing so at any moment in the year.

Cespedes is working hard to get back on the field and earn a spot in the opening day roster because he would earn $5 more million if that happens, per the details of his reworked contract.

He participated in the majority of activities, but as of now, remains a limited participant in workouts until further notice. It’s unclear what chances he has of making the 26-man roster.