jed lowries return to the mets lineup is imminent

Jed Lowrie’s return to the Mets’ lineup is imminent


SAN DIEGO — The Mets’ almost forgotten free-agent addition is nearing his debut with the club.

Jed Lowrie could join the team as soon as Friday, according to manager Mickey Callaway, potentially providing a needed lineup spark.

Lowrie, who arrived on a two-year deal worth $20 million in January, missed all of spring training rehabbing from a sprained capsule in his left knee. He is scheduled to play a rehab game for Triple-A Syracuse on Wednesday then be evaluated for removal from the injured list.

It’s expected Lowrie will become the team’s primary third baseman, moving Todd Frazier to the bench. But the Mets will have to subtract a position player, with J.D. Davis and Keon Broxton among the candidates to depart. Broxton does not have minor league options, meaning the Mets would have to designate him for assignment to remove him from the 25-man roster. Also, the Mets would be left with just four outfielders if Broxton is removed. Davis has taken reps in the outfield but has yet to be tested there during a game.

Wilmer Font joined the team, a day after he was acquired in a trade with Tampa Bay, and received word he will start in Wednesday’s series finale against the Padres in Steven Matz’s spot.

The Rays had used Font as a reliever. In 10 appearances for the team he owned a 5.94 ERA.

“We have looked at [Font’s] stuff in the past, and when he starts he has a really comfortable routine as a starter and it brings him a lot of confidence,” Callaway said. “It might be something we can take advantage of and get him in and start.”

Font indicated he is built up enough to throw 80 pitches. Callaway had also been considering Seth Lugo, Robert Gsellman and Drew Gagnon for the start.

Matz received a cortisone shot earlier in the week because of a radial nerve irritation in his forearm. The left-hander has not been placed on the injured list as the Mets try to determine whether he can potentially pitch this weekend.

Corey Oswalt was optioned to Triple-A Syracuse to create roster space for Font.

After Amed Rosario committed his 10th error of the season, the Mets are tied with the Cubs for the most errors in the National League with 31. Just the Mariners (41) and White Sox (32) had more errors among major league teams.


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