Offseason acquisition Jed Lowrie started Tuesday night as the DH for High-A St. Lucie. This was Lowrie’s first rehab game since going back on the IL in mid-May. Lowrie went 1 for 4 with a two out RBI infield single in the 5th inning. With multiple lower body injuries keeping him sidelined the entire season, it was a good to see him running the bases tonight.
In the Met’s pre-game press conference tonight, Mickey Callaway announced that Jed Lowrie was DHing tonight. Callaway said that he is still being evaluated on a day-to-day basis. Following tonight’s game, a plan will be put in place to set a timetable for his return to the Mets.
The All-Star second baseman signed a 2-year $20 million contract with the Mets this offseason, but has yet to see the field this season. Lowrie first suffered a sprained knee in Spring Training. The team was anticipating his Mets debut to come in May until a knee sprained put him on the 60-day injured list. During his brief time in early May with High-A St. Lucie and Triple-A Syracuse, Lowrie hit just .161 with 1 home run and 10 strikeouts. Since then, he has faced more knee, hip, and calf problems which have kept him sidelined until tonight.
Although the Mets have managed without Lowrie this season, the team has had a few infielder injuries of late. Robinson Cano and Jeff McNeil both suffered hamstring injuries that sent them to the IL. McNeil is close to returning soon, while Cano has no timetable for return. First baseman Dominic Smith is still out with a stress reaction in his right foot.
Jed Lowrie bounced around from Boston, Houston, and Oakland throughout his 11 year career, making the All-Star team with Oakland for the first time last season. He credits his resurgence in recent years to a deviated septum surgery, which has helped him sleep better. The infield utility player hit .267 with 23 home runs and 99 RBIs last season. Mets fans have not taken Lowrie’s absence kindly, often joking on social media about if he still exists. However, if he is able to come back healthy, he can hopefully provide the Mets with an extra bat for the final push to land a postseason slot.