Mets: Can we expect anything from Jed Lowrie this year?
By Michael Natale
With Jed Lowrie finally beginning his rehab assignment, should New York Mets fans expect anything from the veteran utility man?
It has finally happened! Jed Lowrie has begun his rehab assignment, and if all goes well, he should be joining the New York Mets right in the thick of their playoff push.
We all know the deal. As one of the biggest free agency signings, Lowrie has been battling multiple injuries throughout the season beginning with a sprained capsule in his right knee that he hurt during Spring Training.
His potential 2019 return comes as a little bit of a surprise, simply because there hadn’t been much out there throughout the season as to what the status of Lowrie was. He has been the subject of a lot of jokes and frustration from fans because there hasn’t really been a site of him.
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But, with Lowrie on his way back, the question now will emerge as to if we can expect any production from him down the stretch.
It’s hard to tell exactly how Lowrie will perform for the Mets given that he has missed so much time, but the fact of the matter is they could really use his services for depth purposes. The Mets do not need too much from him. They’ve made it this far without him in the picture. However, in crucial September games, Lowrie could be an important piece for this team given his versatility.
One of the team’s biggest weaknesses at this point is their bench. Guys like Luis Guillorme and Juan Lagares are stepping up, but they could still use Lowrie as one of their top options off the bench.
Lowrie has been a solid major league player throughout his career and is coming off of his best season; a year with the Oakland Athletics in which he drove in 99 runs and was an All-Star for the first time in his career. The injuries he has suffered this season have been a major setback for the 35-year-old infielder, but he is a professional hitter.
The Mets won’t be asking (or expecting) Lowrie to perform at the All-Star level that he did in 2018 when he returns from the IL. However, the expectation should be that the Mets are getting a solid switch-hitting bat who is quite versatile throughout the infield. Maybe he can come through with some big hits off the bench. Plus, he can fill the void for players like Jeff McNeil and Amed Rosario if they need a day off.
Lowrie could end up being very valuable for this team. His return is almost like a late-season trade acquisition because he simply was not in this team’s plans as the injuries and setbacks piled up.
But, here we are in late August. The Mets are one of the hottest teams in baseball making a push for the playoffs, and Jed Lowrie appears to be pretty close to returning.
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