Lowrie 'not close' to rehab assignment

Veteran infielder sidelined since spring by knee, hamstring injuries

June 13th, 2019

NEW YORK -- ’s rehab purgatory is set to continue for the foreseeable future.

A month after straining his left hamstring while rehabbing a knee sprain in his other leg, Lowrie is “not close” to beginning a rehab assignment, according to Mets manager Mickey Callaway. The Mets initially classified both Lowrie’s knee capsule sprain and hamstring strain as minor, but he required more than three months to recover from the former and is still rehabbing the latter.

According to Callaway, Lowrie is working out at the team’s rehab facility in Port St. Lucie, Fla., taking ground balls and hitting, but not progressing toward game action with any significant speed.

Lowrie, 35, has not played since the Mets signed him to a two-year, $20-million deal in January. He appeared in a career-high 157 games last season with the A’s, batting .267 with 23 home runs and an .801 OPS. But Lowrie complained of knee soreness in the opening days of Spring Training, and has been trying to make it back to the field ever since.

“To tell you the truth, I’ve been really focused on the 25 guys here,” Callaway said. “I know that he’s in good hands down there. Obviously, we check in from time to time. But I think that he’s got to go through this process, and get himself to where he can be 100 percent to come up and help us.”

Three other rehabbing Mets remain at Triple-A Syracuse. Second baseman Robinson Cano (left quad strain), outfielder Brandon Nimmo (bulging cervical disk) and reliever Justin Wilson (left elbow soreness) all require additional reps there, Callaway said. Cano, who is eligible to come off the injured list on Sunday, appears closest to a return.

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