Mets infielder Jed Lowrie, who has been out since late-February due to a capsule sprain in his left knee, has taken a few big steps as he progresses toward a return.
There is still no shot that Lowrie (or Todd Frazier) will be ready for Opening Day this coming Thursday, he has started taking ground balls and is swinging from both sides of the plate, GM Brodie Van Wagenen said Sunday during an in-game interview with SNY.
Lowrie had started a throwing program earlier this month.
The Mets signed the 34-year-old 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. And the expectation was that Lowrie would play nearly every day.
With Lowrie and Frazier out, the Mets are expected to use Jeff McNeil at third base to start the season (shifting from left field), and Pete Alonso at first base -- with Dominic Smith also expected to make the Opening Day roster as a first base/left field option.
When Frazier or Lowrie returns, the likeliest scenario is that one of them will take over at third base, with McNeil shifting back to left field.
When both Frazier and Lowrie are back, the Mets could have some good roster crunch issues on their hands.