Jed Lowrie’s debut with the New York Mets appears to be imminent after missing the first month and a half of the season.
The 35-year-old was one of the Mets’ biggest offseason additions. After inking a two-year, $20 million deal in January, the super utility man missed all of spring training rehabbing a sprained capsule in his left knee.
Lowrie is scheduled to play a final rehab game with Triple-A Syracuse on Wednesday. If all goes well, the team will activate him from the injured list for their Friday game against the Miami Marlins.
This addition will create an interesting roster move for the Mets. Lowrie is expected to become the team’s primary third baseman, moving Todd Frazier to the bench. The club will still need to subtract a position player, however.
Keon Broxton and J.D. Davis are the most likely candidates for Lowrie to push out. Broxton, who is hitting .156 in 29 games this year, does not have any minor league options remaining. If he is indeed the odd man out, he would have to be designated for assignment.
The Mets would only have four outfielders on the roster if Broxton is removed. Davis has taken reps in the outfield, but has yet to be tested there in a 2019 game. General manager Brodie Van Wagenen is faced with a tough roster decision, but he has to be thrilled to have a healthy Lowrie coming back.