By now, all 30 Major League clubs have begun their Spring Training camps. In fact, the first Spring Training game is set to be televised on SNY at 1:00 PM (EST) on Saturday, February 23.
With this, of course, means that the Mets will start having injuries to their major role players. I mean, they can not let the newly dubbed “Injured List” stay empty! The first player to fall victim to the Mets’ injury curse has been Jed Lowrie. The newly-signed free agent is in line to become the Mets’ starting third basemen, since he is coming off of 2 career seasons, even at the age of 34. By all accounts, Lowrie has been clearly avoiding participating in strenuous baseball activities since the beginning of camp. As first reported by MLB.com’s Anthony DiComo, Lowrie has been experiencing pain and soreness in the back of his left knee. The Mets are hopeful that this is a minor injury caused by quickly ramping up sprint drills; however, they are getting a precautionary MRI.
Largely criticized for having too many Major League-caliber infielders, the Mets stand to benefit from this if Lowrie was to miss significant time. Veterans like Todd Frazier and Adeiny Hechavarria can man the hot corner, while intriguing young players like J.D. Davis and Jeff McNiel could also start with high upside.
In years past, when the Mets had a major injury, they immensely collapsed to the point of no return. This year, however, they seem to have the Major League depth needed to stay afloat if injuries go awry like in years past.