ATLANTA – Jed Lowrie is forgotten (almost), but not gone.
The veteran infielder – who still hasn’t appeared in a game for the Mets after arriving on a two-year contract worth $20 million last offseason – has increased his workouts to the point he’s running, fielding and hitting in simulated games, according to general manager Brodie Van Wagenen.
But Van Wagenen on Wednesday declined to set a timetable for a Lowrie minor league rehab assignment.
Will Lowrie play for the Mets this season?
“It’s absolutely our hope and expectation that he can,” Van Wagenen said before the Mets faced the Braves at SunTrust Park.
Lowrie incurred a sprained capsule in his left knee early in spring training and has been rehabbing since. He began a minor league rehab assignment in May, but was shut down after reaching Triple-A Syracuse because of a strained left hamstring.
Most recently, Lowrie has battled a right calf injury.
“Left side had been strong and we feel like he’s been over the hump with the left side and the right side has made progress, so we’re encouraged,” Van Wagenen said.
Lowrie, a switch hitter, can give the Mets another option at second base and third base.
Brandon Nimmo will likely begin a rehab assignment within the next few days, according to Van Wagenen, in his return from a herniated disk in his neck.
Nimmo was placed on the injured list May 21, and his recovery had been prolonged by other ailments that popped up during the course of his rehab.
The Mets are hopeful Nimmo would be in position to rejoin the major league roster by late August.
Jacob Rhame was placed on the 60-day injured list to create space on the 40-man roster for Ruben Tejada. Rhame recently underwent ulnar nerve transposition surgery, ensuring he will not return this season.
Marcus Stroman is scheduled to pitch Thursday night’s series finale, as he attempts to rebound from two mediocre starts to begin his Mets career.
The Long Island native, who arrived in a trade with the Blue Jays on July 28, has pitched to a 6.10 ERA and two no-decisions with the Mets.
Source:: Daily Times