New York Mets: Jed Lowrie Heading to the Injured List

Daniel Marcillo
Sep 7, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets pinch hitter Jed Lowrie (4) reacts after striking out with two men on base against the Philadelphia Phillies during the fourth inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports

An official statement of Jed Lowrie‘s poor health has become as natural as the sun rising every morning. The little amount of hope the New York Mets had in Lowrie quickly evaporated when he headed to the Injured List with left knee discomfort.

Lowrie was running bases and taking reps in the field but still could not play without the leg brace. Manager Luis Rojas said he was not at a level to contribute competitively. Lowrie will visit Dr. David Altcheck to figure out where they go moving forward. Surgery is off the table for now, but his leg health is on par with Derrick Rose of the NBA.

Back to the Bench

Lowrie’s trip to the injured list opens up a 30-man roster spot when the Mets open up Friday. He would have been a bench player anyway, and filling his place with Luis Guillorme provides a much better glove and maybe a better point at this point in Lowrie’s career. It also highlights another blunder made by Brodie Van Wagenen during his first offseason with the Mets.

Not as notable is the lower back injury causing Walker Lockett to head to IL. Likely a swingman at best, he was battling for a spot as an extra starter on the roster. Either Corey Oswalt or Stephen Gonsalves are likely to replace him in the bullpen.

Brad Brach and Jared Hughes are also IL members, likely due to COVID-19, and have no time table to return. Add Robert Gsellman‘s right tricep issues, and the Mets bullpen is quickly thinning. The back end group still suits well, but anything past that is becoming a significant question.