Rumblings that Jed Lowrie would return the Mets prior to last weekend proved to be premature, and now it looks like the infielder will wait a few more days before making his season -- and team -- debut.
Yahoo! Sports' Matt Ehalt reported that Lowrie will not be activated Tuesday before the Mets open a three-game series against the Nationals on the road. He is not slated to join the team in Washington D.C, Ehalt added. If that's the case, then the earliest Lowrie could first appear for the Mets would be Friday in Miami.
Hearing Lowrie not being activated today and is not slated to join team in DC. Has only played in 2 extra games since telling team he needs more time.- Matt Ehalt (@MattEhalt) May 14, 2019
The 35-year-old suffered a sprained knee capsule early in spring training and began rehab games last month. He joined Triple-A Syracuse on May 4 after two games with High-A St. Lucie. For Syracuse, Lowrie is 4-for-24 with a a solo homer, two walks and nine strikeouts.
When Lowrie does return, the Mets will be faced with a difficult decision of who to remove from the 25-man roster.
Of course, Lowrie will have to prove he is ready first. Last week, he asked the team for more time to rehab the injury and acclimate to game environments. He played Friday and Saturday for Syracuse, but like the Mets, the team was rained out Sunday and off Monday.