Don't expect to see injured Mets veterans Todd Frazier and Jed Lowrie on the field on Opening Day.
Mickey Callaway indicated on Thursday that the two infielders won't be healthy by the time the Mets open the season next week.
"I just don't see it," Callaway said.
Frazier, 33, has been dealing with a strained left oblique, while Lowrie -- whom the Mets signed to a two-year, $20 million contract during the offseason -- sprained his left knee capsule early in camp. Lowrie turns 35 next month.
When it became clear the two infielders weren't going to recover quickly, the Mets altered their plans for Jeff McNeil, whom they were planning to convert to an outfielder. Instead, McNeil began getting more work at third base, and the door has opened for him to start there at the beginning of the season.
McNeil, who turns 27 next month, started in left field on Thursday and went 1-for-2 with a run. He's hitting .333 this spring with an .871 OPS.