Mets infielder Todd Frazier took a very big step Monday in his return from a strained oblique, with him running, playing catch, and taking grounders in Port St. Lucie, he told reporters.
Frazier had first started running last Sunday, reported NorthJersey.com's Matt Ehalt.
Frazier, who has been out since Feb. 26, received a cortisone shot after the injury was diagnosed, and Mets GM Brodie Van Wagenen said at the time that the MRI that confirmed the injury wasn't "overly alarming."
While he's making progress, Frazier's Opening Day status remains in doubt, just as Jed Lowrie's status for the opener is in doubt.
With Frazier still out, the Mets have shifted Jeff McNeil from left field to third base temporarily to get him ready to begin the season there in the event Frazier is not ready for Opening Day.
If Frazier is ready, the expectation is that McNeil will return to left field.
The expectation before the season was that Frazier would play primarily first base, with Lowrie at third base. However, with Lowrie out, it would likely make the most sense for the Mets to use Frazier at third base when he returns, with one of Dominic Smith or Pete Alonso at first base.
Looking a bit down the road, if either Smith or Alonso takes the first base job and runs with it, the Mets will have a good problem on their hands when Frazier and Lowrie are healthy -- with them having more starting infielders than spots for them to play.