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Jed Lowrie begins rehab assignment; Mets don't know how long he will need

"We never put a timeline on it," GM Brodie Van Wagenen said. "It's just a matter of getting him at-bats and making sure his leg strength is 100 percent to come up here ready to go full speed."

The Mets' Jed Lowrie speaks during his introductory

The Mets' Jed Lowrie speaks during his introductory press conference at Citi Field on Jan. 16, 2019. Credit: Kathleen Malone-Van Dyke

After suffering an injury that was described by the Mets as “soreness” and “nothing serious” more than two months ago, Jed Lowrie began a minor-league rehabilitation assignment with advanced Class A St. Lucie on Sunday, going 0-for-4 while splitting time between shortstop and second base.

The Mets plan to have Lowrie, who suffered a sprained left knee capsule early in spring training, play at third, short and second as he prepares to return to the majors. But they said they don’t know how long a rehab assignment he’ll need.

“I really don’t know what to expect because we don’t know how the player is going to feel,” said manager Mickey Callaway, who added that he’s not surprised that it has taken Lowrie this long to heal. “You’re never surprised. You have to get the player well. You can’t guesstimate on what it is and how it feels.”

Lowrie recently started playing in extended spring training games, getting as many as eight at-bats per day. J.D. Davis (.290/.397/.484) has been the primary beneficiary of the extra playing time.

General manager Brodie Van Wagenen signed Lowrie, his former client, to a two-year, $20 million contract. Lowrie averaged 155 games per season in 2017-18, but that run ended about as soon as he reported to Port St. Lucie. “We never put a timeline on it,” Van Wagenen said. “It’s just a matter of getting him at-bats and making sure his leg strength is 100 percent to come up here ready to go full speed.”   

Cano hit on hand again

For a second Sunday in a row, Robinson Cano left the game early after getting hit on the hand by a pitch. This time, X-rays of his left hand were negative — last week it was his right — but the Mets said they will administer further tests, including an MRI, on Monday once swelling subsides.

“We’re still a little concerned,” Callaway said. “Who it is [an important player] and where it is [his hand], we need to make sure we’re doing everything we can and dig deeper.”   

Alonso: Cheers!

When Pete Alonso hit his first career triple in the first inning, a fan in leftfield spilled a beer on the Brewers’ Ryan Braun. Alonso got a kick out of it. “If I could, I would have bought him a beer,” Alonso said. “The Mets need to give that guy a beer for sure. Or a free drink voucher.”   

Extra bases

Callaway said he picked Seth Lugo over Jeurys Familia (21 pitches, two runs Saturday) for the eighth inning Sunday because Lugo hadn’t pitched in a few days. “It’s not that we’re running from Familia,” said Callaway, who still considers Familia the eighth-inning guy. Lugo struck out the side . . . Jets quarterback Sam Darnold attended the game.

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