New York Mets: What to Expect From Jed Lowrie

New York Mets, Jed Lowrie

On Saturday, Jed Lowrie made his way off the Mets Injured List for the first time this season. The injury riddled infielder missed the first five months of the season due to various leg injuries. In his return, has struck out in his first two at bats, which brings the question of what Lowrie will be capable of this season.

Just seeing Lowrie back on the field is a miracle. He never settled in with the Mets since he was battling injuries from the first week of Spring Training after signing  a two year, $20 million deal. In 2018, he put up an All-Star season with the A’s. Lowrie had a career high 23 home runs and 99 RBIs, along with playing in 157 games.

What Impact Will Lowrie Have?

During his first two days back Lowrie has been relegated to pinch hitting duty. It resulted in two pinch hit strikeouts, which is understandable for someone who has not seen major league pitching all year. The Mets currently have a crowded infield and still feel like they have a chance to move up the standings. This means during the final three weeks the Mets may not be able to afford Lowrie the chance to figure himself out while they are still in the race.

Lowrie could find himself getting some starts to give Robinson Cano and Jeff McNeil breaks, but he will have a hard time cracking the starting lineup consistently. He has value the Mets have not had all year, which is the ability to hit from both sides of the plate. In his career, he is 12-for-44 during as a pinch hitter and was the first switch hitter to bat for the Mets all season. If Lowrie can find his groove at the plate, it give the Mets a veteran hitter they can turn to in late situations.

New York Mets: Jed Lowrie and Brandon Nimmo Continue Rehab Assignments

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.

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.

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.

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.