Mets Notes: Lowrie, Roster Crunch, Frazier

The latest out of Citi Field….

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  • Jed Lowrie’s official Mets debut will wait a few more days, as the infielder will play in more minor league rehab games through the weekend rather than be activated off the injured list on Friday.  (Mike Puma of the New York Post was among those to report the news.)  Lowrie has yet to play this season due to a capsule strain in his left knee, though his extended rehab stint isn’t due to any sort of health setback, but rather simply the fact that the Mets want to give the veteran infielder more time to get ready.  Lowrie missed almost all of Spring Training due to the injury, and he has only two hits in 25 plate appearances during the six rehab games he has already played.  The 35-year-old Lowrie signed a two-year, $20MM contract with New York as a free agent over the offseason.
  • With Lowrie’s return delayed, the Mets will get a bit of extra time to figure out a bit of a roster crunch situation.  As MLB.com’s Anthony DiComo writes, demoting either J.D. Davis or Dominic Smith would cost the Mets a productive player, though Davis could at least benefit from playing every day as a left fielder at Triple-A.  If not Davis or Smith, the team could also designate veteran Adeiny Hechavarria for assignment, though that would leave the shortstop position thin behind Amed Rosario.  Lowrie has a lot of shortstop experience, of course, though he has played only two games at the position since the start of the 2016 season.  DiComo doesn’t think that Keon Broxton (who is out of options) is a candidate for DFA limbo when Lowrie joins the 25-man roster.
  • Todd Frazier also won’t be moved to make room for Lowrie, as a source tells Newsday’s Tim Healey.  With just a .143/.160/.265 slash line through 50 plate appearances, Frazier has yet to get on track following his own Spring Training injury, an oblique strain that kept him out of action until April 22.  The injury continued a frustrating stretch for Frazier since joining the Mets, as he was hoping to rebound from a subpar 2018 season.  New York’s crowded infield will likely lead to less playing time for Frazier, who is cognizant of the situation but still confident that he can regain some of his old form.  “I don’t know if this will be my last year with the Mets. I know I’m a free agent after this year, so I want to put my best foot forward and make an impact on this team again,” Frazier said.  The 33-year-old is still owed roughly $7.2MM of his $9MM salary for the 2019 season, making him an expensive cut if the Mets decided to part ways with him entirely.
  • In other Mets news from earlier today, Steven Matz was placed on the 10-day injured list due to radial nerve discomfort.

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