Jed Lowrie’s eventual return to the New York Mets is being pushed back. The veteran infielder still needs some work before his 2019 debut.
The weather threw a monkey wrench into the team’s original plan to bring Lowrie back for this critical series with the Washington Nationals. The Syracuse Mets were rained out on Sunday and Monday so Lowrie wasn’t able to get the extra work he feels he needs.
Signing Lowrie, 35, was one of the biggest moves general manager Brodie Van Wagenen made during this past offseason. An All-Star in 2018, Lowrie had the best season of his career. He posted a slash line of .267/.353/.448 with 23 home runs and 99 RBI. He was instrumental in the Oakland Athletics’ improbable run to the American League Wild Card Game.
The Mets rewarded him with a two-year contract worth $20 million. Unfortunately, through 39 games, Lowrie has yet to touch the field for the Metropolitans. However, New York is still treading water in the race for the National League East crown.
At 19-20, the Mets are only four games back in the loss column from the first-place Philadelphia Phillies. Lowrie’s return to the lineup will surely give the Mets a boost.
That being said, Lowrie’s early injury concerns might be a sign of things to come. His signing could mirror that of Todd Frazier who the Mets inked in 2018 to be their veteran presence at third base. Is this deja vu all over again?
Jed Lowrie has had a setback, I’m told. Has a slight hamstring strain, will need to return to Florida to rehab for a few weeks
— Andy Martino (@martinonyc) May 14, 2019
Manager Mickey Callaway confirmed the setback. Looks like Lowrie’s debut in a Mets uniform is still a muddled mystery.