Mets infielders Todd Frazier and Jed Lowrie are both making progress as they rehab their respective injuries, but it seems likely that at least one -- and maybe both -- will not be ready for Opening Day on March 28.
Lowrie, who is working his way back from a sprained capsule in his left knee, said Thursday that he's making good progress and hopes to begin baseball activty soon.
But when asked about his potential Opening Day availability, Lowrie took the long-view.
"I'm looking at what I can do today because I think the focus has to be on getting this right so there's not a recurrence," Lowrie said, according to NorthJersey.com's Matt Ehalt.
Frazier (strained oblique) is ahead of Lowrie when it comes to his return, having already started running.
The 34-year-old Lowrie said last month that he doesn't necessarily need a long spring to be ready by Opening Day.
"I've been doing this for a while, so I think the biggest thing is I'm strong and healthy," he said. "In the past, baseball has come back quickly."
Still, it's hard to see Lowrie being ready for Opening Day unless the pace of his rehab picks up soon.
Mets GM Brodie Van Wagenen said last month that with Lowrie and Frazier out, the plan was still to continue to get Jeff McNeil acclimated to left field, but left the door open for McNeil to slide back to the infield temporarily if needed.
If both Lowrie and Frazier are out on Opening Day, the Mets' third base options would likely come down to McNeil, J.D. Davis, or Adeiny Hechavarria.
First base options wold likely be Dominic Smith or Pete Alonso.