Mets' Van Wagenen: 'It's Absolutely Our Hope And Expectation' Lowrie Will Play This Season

Alec Gearty
August 14, 2019 - 5:09 pm
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Jed Lowrie appears to be progressing toward making his Mets debut.

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That's been the case for the last few months for Lowrie, who's been rehabbing a slew of injuries including a hamstring strain and sprained knee since the beginning of the season. Mets' general manager Brodie Van Wagenen provided an optimistic update on if Lowrie will be available for the final weeks of the Mets' regular season.

"It's absolutely our hope and expectation that he can," Van Wagenen told reporters ahead of the Mets' tilt against the Braves Wednesday. 

The 35-year-old has been active in his "defensive work" and has taking at-bats in simulated games during his rehabilitation in Florida. In April, Lowrie began a rehab assignment with the St. Lucie Mets before working his way to the Syracuse Mets, New York's Triple-A affiliate.

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Just as he was set to return to the Mets, Lowrie found himself on the team's injured list. Mets manager Mickey Callaway even indicated that Lowrie is "not close" to another set of rehab games in June.

Lowrie signed a two-year; $20 million deal with the Mets during the offseason. The Oregon native earned his first All Star nomination with Oakland last season. He set career-highs in home runs (23) and RBI (99) in 157 games. Lowrie seemed to have moved past the lingering injuries that once plagued his career.

Van Wagenen also revealed outfielder Brandon Nimmo is set to play in a rehab game within the "next few days."

Nimmo has been out of the Mets' lineup since May. He was placed on the team's injured list with a strained neck before he was transferred to the Mets' 60-day IL on Aug. 8.