Jed Lowrie will not play in Saturday's Spring Training game against the Braves despite revealing on Thursday there is no structural damage in his sore left knee.
Mets manager Mickey Callaway downplayed the 34-year-old's injury on Friday but with several veterans north of 30 years old, Callaway stressed that the team's depth and how they use is it is more important than ever.
"That's exactly why we brought in depth," he said. "The guys we have in their 30s have played a lot of games in their 30s. [Todd] Frazier never missed a game until last year. Lowrie...he understands if he has something that's not that serious he needs to bring it to the forefront so he's not out for a long period of time. It's very smart."
Lowrie, Frazier and Robinson Cano consist of three-fifths of the Mets infield but all will need occasional days off to stay healthy, Callaway said.
Youngsters Amed Rosario and Pete Alonso combined with the versatility of Lowrie and Frazier give Callaway the flexibility to enforce rest days for the veterans as part of his plan.
"We have five infielders, four positions, that's 130 games apiece," Callaway said. "We feel...during the season when they're in a five-game hitting streak -- I'm going to have to be very diligent on communication and reasons why -- but I think they understand at their age we can keep them healthy and more productive if we monitor this a little bit more than what was needed when they were younger and that's what we're going to do."
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Players like Cano and Frazier are not accustom to days off, but Callaway said that everyone is on board with the plan.
"Everybody in that room wants to win," he said. "I feel like, to a man, at this point, they have all been on board with everything. That doesn't always happen."