New York Mets: Jed Lowrie is not ready for spring games just yet

New York Mets, Jed Lowrie

The New York Mets‘ injury room, although not filled with long-term cases, has a couple of high-profile names. It was reported in the last few hours that second baseman Robinson Cano wouldn’t be ready to play in spring training games until late February or early March. Yoenis Cespedes is also limited at the moment while recovering from heel and ankle surgeries.

Another one that isn’t quite ready to see the field yet is Jed Lowrie. The infielder set up the alarms when he showed up to camp with a large knee brace a few days ago. According to Anthony DiComo, he is still getting used to play with it.

Manager Luis Rojas said he wasn’t ready to see game action yet, although he didn’t indicate a long-term absence.

“It’s a matter for him and the performance staff to feel comfortable translating that into games,” Rojas said.

“Right now he’s working with the brace, and he feels like himself,” he skipper said of Lowrie, who missed nearly all of last season due to a variety of injuries, including one to his left knee (the one with the brace). “It’s something that we’re looking at closely. … He’s got to keep on doing the things that are going to progress him into the games.”

The Mets want him to improve

The second and third baseman, who signed with the New York Mets before the 2019 season after having a 5.0 fWAR year with the Oakland Athletics in 2018, only played nine games. The 35-year-old is trying to change his luck when it comes to injuries.

In those nine games, Lowrie accumulated eight plate appearances and no hits. He did walk one time, but that was it. The 2019 season was a lost one because of injuries.

In 1,118 games and 4,500 career plate appearances, Lowrie accumulates a .261/.335/.413 line with .326 wOBa and a 106 wRC+. He has 104 home runs and 509 RBI.

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

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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.

New York Mets: Jed Lowrie Practices in Leg Brace

New York Mets, Jed Lowry

One of the world’s greatest medical mysteries is figuring out how Jed Lowrie’s leg is still messed up. The New York Mets utility infielder arrived at camp and took ground balls in a leg brace that covered his entire left leg.

After coming back to pinch-hit in a handful of games to end 2019, Lowrie still has left knee issues. It plagued him enough to avoid fielding during September. The injury still bothers him to a point where playing in Spring Training games is a major question.

No Answers, No Solutions

The organization has been very quiet about the severity of Lowrie’s injury. He is healthy enough to begin taking fly balls, but not healthy enough to participate in games. The entirety of Lowrie’s Mets career has been marked by an injury bug he cannot seem to get rid of. As he pushes age-36 it is hard to think his body is going to recover any quicker than it did during 2019.

Even if the Mets can get Lowrie fully healthy, it does not seem like it will happen anytime soon. Once healthy he will have plenty of catching up to do just to get to a point where he is useful enough to crack the 26-man roster. Like Yoenis Cespedes, he has to start from level one all over again. Unlike Cespedes, Lowrie is dragging along on his rehab process. At this point, it is hard to imagine the Mets get anything out of Lowrie during the first half of the season.

New York Mets: Jed Lowrie shows up to camp with a large knee brace

When Jed Lowrie showed up to New York Mets‘ camp this weekend, he did it with a large brace in his left knee. It is surprising, given that the soreness in the area goes back to roughly a year. The brace, according to MLB.com, ran nearly two feet from his left ankle up to his mid-thigh.

The infielder was able to do some baseball-related activities, however. On Sunday, he fielded ground balls and made a few throws to second base. After that, he left to prepare for the Mets’ first day of full-squad workouts Monday.

What will happen with Lowrie? What will the Mets do with him? The team was reportedly shopping him around over the winter but there were no takers. He is in the final year of a two-year, $20 million contract he signed before last season.

Lowrie did speak about his injury to reporters, but he did so without going to specifics. The entire offseason is now on the books and he wasn’t able to get healthy, nor specify which kind of knee injury he currently has.

The Mets should be getting worried

Reporters asked him if he is 100 percent, to what he replied: “I’m just excited to be here, get back out on the field with the guys and just take it day by day. We’re just going to manage the symptoms right now,” he said. He’s clearly not 100 percent.

The press asked him which were the symptoms he spoke about. The infielder didn’t want to “get into specifics” but conceded that it was his left knee.

Lowrie can rake when healthy. He can play good defense, too. In his last healthy season, which was 2018, he slashed .267/.353/.448 with 23 home runs, 99 RBI and 5.0 fWAR. That’s why the New York Mets signed him as a free agent.

However, 2019 was a lost season for him. He finished the year 0-for-7 with a walk for the Mets, losing several months of play due to a variety of ailments, including his left knee.

Predicting the New York Mets Bench Players

For the first time in quite a few years, the New York Mets have the depth they can count on throughout their bench. It features some high profile contracts and critical acquisitions to bolster the team’s defensive depth late in games.

Rene Rivera

The backup catcher battle is going to be heated one throughout Spring Training quietly. Tomas Nido is out of minor league options and has not shown any hitting prowess during his career. There are plenty of choices similar to Nido in the minors, and Rene Rivera is a veteran the Mets have trusted with their pitching staff before. Rivera is still a great defensive catcher, and Noah Syndergaard will be happy to throw it to him throughout Spring Training.

Dominic Smith

Dominic Smith has survived the offseason trade rumors, but the ones in Spring Training may be a different story. Despite the Mets signing Matt Adams, Smith should make it out of camp with the team. He proved to be a valuable pinch hitter after Pete Alonso ran away with the first base job. The only way the Mets trade him is if he breaks out during Spring Training and the Mets deal him when his stock is high.

Luis Guillorme

This spot would belong to Jed Lowrie but his reality as a Met is dim. Either he will not be ready for Opening Day or the Mets will find a way to move him before the Spring ends. Luis Guillorme was a very useful player off the bench during the second half of 2019. He can play three out of the four infield spots well and can is useful in a bench role.

Jake Marisnick

The Mets traded for Jake Marisnick as a small upgrade to Juan Lagares. He will be a massive part of the Mets during the late innings due to his gold glove caliber defense in center field. Marisnick is not much of a hitter, but with all the outfield options the Mets have, hitting is not the reason why he is a Met. It would be no surprise to see him play in 120 games but only tally around 300 plate appearances as he did in 2019.

Yoenis Cespedes

The left-field competition between Yoenis Cespedes and J.D. Davis is a heavyweight prizefight that is going overlooked. By all accounts, Cespedes is healthy and ready to participate fully during Spring Training. Just three years ago, their roles differed. Cespedes was the stud hitter coming off a strong 2016, and Davis was trying to show he belonged on a major league roster. He has a huge chip on his shoulder and has set his expectations higher than ever.

The injuries and off-field stories make us forget how special an athlete Cespedes is. Despite turning 34, he still garners Ruth like power and a cannon for an arm. When healthy, the Mets win games, and if he is healthy, the production will follow, and he will see himself in the lineup often as the season progresses.

 

New York Mets Are Hopeful in Jed Lowrie

Jed Lowrie’s 2019 season for the New York Mets fell into the “typical Mets” column when it comes to free-agent signings. The 36-year old utility infielder only played in nine games during September and did not play a single out in the field. As he heads into the second and final year of his deal, the Mets hope to milk plenty of baseball out of him.

Lowrie is progressing nicely from his lower body ailments, which cost him a majority of his season. If you can think of a lower-body injury, chances are Lowrie had it at some point during 2019. Brodie Van Wagenen is confident Lowrie will make his way back to the field to contribute during Spring Training. Despite his vote of confidence, the praise for Lowrie could be a ploy to draw in teams to trade for him.

Will He Stay or Will He Go?

The Mets aired out their desire to move the switch-hitting fielder before opening day. Lowrie came off an All-Star campaign during the 2018 season. He hit .267/.353./.448 with a career-high 23 home runs and 99 RBIs. Lowrie 4.8 WAR would have been the fourth-highest on the 2019 Mets roster, trailing Jacob deGrom, Jeff McNeil, and Pete Alonso.

Lowrie’s revamped swing in 2018 allowed him to reach levels he never peaked at during his career. A significant concern for Lowrie is his age. He is going into his age-36 season and virtually spent a whole season on the sidelines. Lowrie’s swinging strike percentage had steadily increased from 6.3 in 2014 to 8.5 in 2018. During his short stint in 2019, it was at 13.9 percent.

Lowrie had plenty of rust on him, which leads to that number likely being an anomaly. Much like Yoenis Cespedes, whichever team has Lowrie will ease him back into action with plenty of care. The Mets offense will be dynamic enough without him where he will not have the pressure to contribute at an All-Star level again. Should Lowrie stay healthy, he will give the Mets a very deep bench which they have lacked for years.

New York Mets rumors: Trade candidates, HOF, Pedro blasts Fiers and more!

New York Mets, Jed Lowrie

The New York Mets and Major League Baseball in general have had a busy start of the week. Several prominent news appeared, some of them related to the Queens’ squad.

Here are the New York Mets’ news and rumors of the day:

Andy Martino: The Mets would be “more than happy” to trade Yoenis Cespedes and Jed Lowrie ahead of Spring Training. However, according to Andy Martino of SNY, it hasn’t been easy for obvious reasons.

The “obvious reasons” are that they are veterans on the wrong side of 30, with expensive contracts and a long injury history. Cespedes hasn’t played since 2018 with heel and ankle injuries, while Lowrie only took eight plate appearances last season.

Both of them are very productive when healthy, but there just hasn’t been much interest around the league.

NBC Sports: Former ace (and Mets pitcher) Pedro Martinez blasted Mike Fiers for being the “whistleblower” in the sign-stealing scandal.

“If he was to do it when he was playing for the Houston Astros I would say Mike Fiers has guts,” Martinez told WEEI’s Rob Bradford, Lou Merloni and Mike Mutnansky at the Red Sox’ “Winter Weekend” event in Springfield, Mass. “But to go and do it after you leave the Houston Astros because they don’t have you anymore, that doesn’t show me anything. He’s just a bad teammate.”

Carlos Beltran, appointed over the winter to manage the Mets, lost his job because of his involvement in the scandal.

BBWAA: The former captain of the cross-town rivals, the Yankees, is now a Hall of Fame player. Derek Jeter, with a whopping 99.7 percent of support (only one vote shy of unanimity) will be in Cooperstown alongside former Colorado Rockie Larry Walker.

Jeter earned 396 of 397 possible votes. Walker passed through the 75 percent threshold by a meager six votes. Curt Schilling, Barry Bonds and Roger Clemens all finished over 60 percent.

Jeff Passan: The Mets’ pitcher will have a difficult foe to retire in the 2020 season. The Atlanta Braves secured the services of outfielder Marcell Ozuna, formerly on the St. Louis Cardinals, on a one-year, $18 million contract.

Who is the Everyday Third Baseman for the Mets in 2020?

After the signing of Dellin Betances, the New York Mets have gone quiet with making significant moves on the free-agent market. The signing of Josh Donaldson or trade for Nolan Arenado seems very unlikely to solidify third base. Much like the outfield, third base looks like it will be a revolving door throughout the early part of the season until Carlos Beltran settles on a lineup.

The Mets have three options for third base in J.D. Davis, Jeff McNeil, and Jed Lowrie. Davis commanded playing time in left field when the Mets outfield lacked offense. He played 31 games at third, which is his natural position, but was below average there. Davis is nowhere near a defensive wizard in left field either, but his bat carried enough value to play every day.

McNeil played the same amount of games at third base and projected a lot better defensively. Ninety-eight percent of the balls hit to McNeil resulted in outs. Out of the multiple positions he plays, his best defensive position is at third base. It would be the best bet for the Mets to allow him to get a majority of the starts there.

The Case of Jed Lowrie

Lowrie separates himself in this conversation because it seems like the Mets do not want him on their roster. He barely played in 2019, and it is hard to expect anything out of him at age-36. Lowrie has always been an average third baseman and cannot to play the outfield like McNeil and Davis. Lowrie’s ability to switch hit is something the Mets roster lacks.

Quality depth is always necessary because injuries and poor performance can creep up on any player at any time. What makes the Mets roster interesting is how many different platoon swaps they can have.

If Robinson Cano is out of the lineup, all three could end up playing at the same time. If the Mets decide to play Jake Marisnick or Yoenis Cespedes along with Brandon Nimmo and Michael Conforto in the outfield, then only one of the three third basemen can be in the lineup.

These problems are good ones for Carlos Beltran to have. He has to cycle between two .300 hitters and a 2018 All-Star, and that is just at third base. Beltran’s outfield situation becomes even messier, especially is Yoenis Cespedes is healthy for Opening Day and has a good Spring Training.

Granted, in 2020, managers may not have the freedom to create lineups like they used to. Creating a lineup which allows players to feel fresh but allows them to get in an everyday rhythm is going to be one of the toughest challenges for the Mets in 2020.

New York Mets: Jed Lowrie Year in Review

There was a time this year when this article for Jed Lowrie was going to be non-existent. He was one of the key free agents the New York Mets brought in, but missed a majority of the year. He did sneak in a cameo during the final month of the year to keep his name alive.

Lowrie came to the Mets on a two year, $20 million deal to become a utility man behind the wide cast of Mets infielders. Heading into his age-35 season, it seemed like a very safe deal despite coming off his only All-Star season. Lowrie plays a solid second and third base, along with being a much needed switch-hitter on the roster.

Injury Prone

After playing in 310 games over the last two seasons, Lowrie was limited to nine in 2019. From the beginning of Spring Training, he was dealing with a sprained capsule in his left knee. Then while rehabbing in May, he tore his left hamstring, which prolonged his IL stint. In July, Lowrie suffered a right calf strain with hampered his season even more.

He eventually started seeing live at-bats in mid-August but needed an extensive rehab to get himself game ready. It took until September 7 for the Mets to finally activate him for the first time this season. Since the Mets were in a playoff race, they could not afford to play Lowrie, whether he was healthy or not.

For the final three weeks, he was relegated to only pinch hitting duty and did not spend an out playing the field. In his seven at-bats, he went hitless and struck out four times. It was apparent that Lowrie needed to get the consistent reps to get back into a groove, but since the Mets were battling, they could not afford to wait for Lowrie to get himself together.

Future For Lowrie

Lowrie has an entire offseason to recover and should be ready to go for 2020. He will play an essential role in the Mets success because of his multi-positional ability and switch-hitting ability. Lowrie is currently the best fielding third baseman on the roster and could find himself in an everyday role if he stays healthy.

Grades:

Hitting for Average: F

Hitting for Power: F

Fielding: N/A

Speed/Baserunning: N/A

Intangibles: D, health is a key part of this

Overall: F, It seems like it was a long time ago when Lowrie was ranked above Robinson Cano by the shredder.

New York Mets: The Disappearance of Edwin Diaz and Jed Lowrie

New York Mets, Edwin Diaz

As the New York Mets are heading into the final week of the season and need a major miracle to get themselves into the postseason. Heading into Spring Training Edwin Diaz and Jed Lowrie were counted on for the Mets to have a successful season, now they seem to be unplayable.

The Edwin Diaz situation has been self inflicted. Diaz has a 5.77 ERA over 53 innings and has blown 7 saves on the season. He has been inconsistent throughout the year and his only consistency has been allowing home runs. Mickey Callaway moved him out of the closer role and gifted it to Seth Lugo.

Diaz has not pitched since September 8 and has not been a thought to pitch in key situations. He probably will not be seen in any important moments until the Mets are officially eliminate. 2019 is a lost season for Diaz and they are better off reevaluating him in 2020 Spring Training. If the Mets pull off a miracle and get to a playoff series, it is hard to make a case for Diaz to even make the roster.

What About Lowrie?

Jed Lowrie miracoulous comeback to the majors has been derailed due to his lack of playing time. Since coming back on September 7, he has only had three at-bats and has not started a game yet. Lowrie may not even be fully healthy and his only use may be to pinch hit.

Unlike Diaz, he has had tough luck due to his various leg injuries this season. It is surprising to see Lowrie wait this long for a start considering the rush to get him comeback. Should the Mets make the playoffs, he will also be someone whose roster spot would be in jeopardy. The Mets also have Lowrie under contract in 2020 and the Mets might want to keep him healthy so he can at least play half of his contract.

Callaway said he was “full go”, but much like everything he has said this year, it was not true.