Two forgotten Mets who have been on the shelf with injuries are quickly making waves in their return to the big leagues. Brandon Nimmo started playing games at Triple-A and the glassboned Jed Lowrie actually started playing games with the Mets Single-A team.
— Ernest Dove (@ernestdove) August 20, 2019
On Tuesday Nimmo went 2-for-3 in another minor league appearance with the Syracuse Mets. He played center field for five innings in his third game of his rehab assignment. The Mets do not have an exact time for when we should expect to see Nimmo again. They will make sure he is fully healthy before bringing him back up.
Lowrie Finally Playing Games
Jed Lowrie saw his first action in months with the St. Luice Mets. He went 1-for-4 with an infield single and ran without any issues. The Mets are certainly going to take it slow with the 35-year old infielder. Since camp started in February, he has been dealing with leg ailments. They are confident he will be fine just DH’ing before going back to the infield.
— Mets Farm Report (@MetsFarmReport) August 21, 2019
The Mets have to give Lowrie plenty of time to get back to game speed, but the Mets could use his bat and versatility on their bench. He was signed to a two-year/$20 million deal in the offseason and was projected to play a huge role throughout the season.
How Do They Fit in if They Comeback?
The Mets lineup has lot of potential when both of these guys return. Nimmo could assume the centerfield role and allow a healthy Jeff McNeil to play second base. Nimmo will not have the pressure of batting lead off with McNeil and Amed Rosario securing their roles at the top of the order. He can hit lower in the lineup to get his bat back in the form it was in 2018.
Potential starting lineup for the Mets as soon as NEXT WEEK
1B- Pete Alonso
2B- Jeff McNeil
3B- Jed Lowrie
SS- Amed Rosario
LF- JD Davis
CF- Brandon Nimmo
RF- Michael Conforto
C- Wilson Ramos
P- Jacob deGrom
I'd put this team up against anyone in the league. #LFGM 🍎
— Bill Quinn (@6ill9uinn) August 21, 2019
Lowrie would be a key part to fill in at either third base or second base when the Mets want to give Todd Frazier, J.D. Davis or Jeff McNeil a rest. He will not have the pressure to play everyday either since the Mets will do everything they can to keep him healthy. Along with Dom Smith, important players returning will give Mickey Callaway options he has never had as manager of the Mets.