It was believed that INF Jed Lowrie was going to make his long-awaited Mets debut at some point this week. But then came the report that he wouldn't be joining the team in Washington for the upcoming series with the Nationals.
Now we know why.
Manager Mickey Callaway confirmed SNY's Andy Martino's report that Lowrie has a slight hamstring strain that is prohibiting his return. Now he must fly back down to Florida for more rehab in the coming weeks.
"So we had him checked out in New York and we have a low Grade 1 hamstring strain," Callaway said on Wednesday night prior to the series opener. "We'll send him back to Florida and reassess him in a couple weeks."
Callaway added that Lowrie told them after his rehab games this weekend on Friday and Saturday that he was feeling the injury.
This is an entirely separate injury than what Lowrie was working his way back from. He suffered a left knee capsule sprain during Spring Training, but he had made it to rehab games beginning late last month. He made it to Triple-A Syracuse on May 4 where he went 4-for-24 with a solo homer, two walks and nine strikeouts.
If there is any consolation for Lowrie missing more time, it wasn't a setback to his original injury. Also, a Grade 1 strain shouldn't take too long to work back to full strength.
But that's all said with fingers crossed that the super utility man can make his way back to the Mets soon.