Jed Lowrie and the Mets tried to clear up some lingering questions on the extent of the infielder's sore left knee on Saturday, announcing the official diagnosis as a capsule sprain.
The 34-year-old had an MRI earlier this week that revealed no structural damage while manager Mickey Callaway repeatedly said on Friday that the injury was "not that serious."
Lowrie, however, has not resumed baseball activities yet and said on Saturday before the Mets' Grapefruit League game against the Braves he has "no timetable" on when that would be or if he would be ready by Opening Day.
"That's something we haven't talked about yet," he said, regarding baseball activity. "We're going to continue to treat and strengthen and progress accordingly. That's the plan, we haven't gone over [baseball activity] with them yet. I'm sure it's coming, hopefully sooner than later, but there's no real timetable on that right now.
Whether or not Lowrie expects to be ready by Opening Day warranted a similar response.
"Like I said, there's no timetable right now," he said. "I want to be out there with the guys on Opening Day, but like I said, we want to make sure this is right and doesn't linger."
Lowrie, who is entering his 12th season in the majors, added that he does not 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."
The Mets, who signed Lowrie to a two-year, $20 million contract this winter as a versatile option in their infield -- with the ability to play third base, shortstop and second base, can afford to be patient with Lowrie's recovery.
As Callaway stated on Friday, they have plenty of depth to absorb an injury with players like Todd Frazier, J.D. Davis and Adeiny Hechevarria as other third base options.
Of course, Lowrie would much rather prefer to be out on the field.
"It's beyond frustrating," he said. "You deal with situations. I know the guys here, the [physical therapists] here and we'll get it right and I'm confident in that."