Andy Martino, SNY.tv | Twitter |
PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. -- Mickey Callaway was flawless in his execution of the official message on Friday, repeating several times that Jed Lowrie's injury was "not serious." That was the line, and he was sticking to it.
The manager offered little additional information; we know only that the MRI on Lowrie's left knee showed no structural damage, the Mets are terming the injury "soreness behind his left knee," and Lowrie hasn't yet spoken publicly since returning from New York.
No one seems to know, or wants to say, how long Lowrie will be out. Callaway did offer that the infielder would like to have 40 Grapefruit League at-bats to prepare for the regular season. There is more than enough time for that to happen, even if Lowrie misses a week or more. But we don't have any idea how much time he will miss.
We only know that the Mets want us to know its fine, not a big deal, nothing to see here. We'll just have to take their word for it.
GM Brodie Van Wagenen built significant roster depth this winter, and his team can cover the loss of Lowrie at the start of the season, if need be.
Adeiny Hechevarria could play third base, with Todd Frazier at first. If Dom Smith or Pete Alonso makes the team, Frazier could begin the year as the third baseman. J.D. Davis, who the Mets are high on, is also able to play third.
But make no mistake: The Mets are better with a healthy Lowrie, who hit 23 home runs for Oakland last year and earned a two-year, $20 million contract with the Mets. That's a strong payout for a 34-year-old free agent nowadays, but the Mets deemed him worth it.
The view from here is that the signing was a smart one. Now we just have to wait and see how long Lowrie's absence stretches into March, and whether his preparation for the season will be impacted.
As long as the Mets remain vague about the specifics of Lowrie's injury, all we can do is guess.