PORT ST. LUCIE — Jed Lowrie isn’t facing restrictions in his Mets workouts, but whether he will be ready for the start of the exhibition season is another matter altogether.
A day after he arrived at camp wearing a sizeable brace on his left leg, Lowrie on Monday participated in the full range of drills with his teammates, according to manager Luis Rojas, who noted the performance staff would make a call on whether the veteran infielder is clear to participate in games. The Mets begin their Grapefruit League season Saturday.
“The timeline to play games is not in our hands, but to do the workouts it is,” Rojas said. “He’s going through the day like every one of the guys who is in camp, but to play the games we don’t have the timeline. It’s something we’ll probably communicate with the performance staff as we move forward.”
Lowrie on Sunday would not provide a diagnosis other than to say his issues stemmed from his left knee. After arriving on a two-year contract worth $20 million before last season, he took only seven at-bats for the Mets, coming off the injured list in September. Lowrie’s injuries last season included a sprained left knee capsule and strained left hamstring.
Rojas indicated Lowrie took live batting practice against Robert Gsellman on Monday and was involved in bunt plays in addition to taking grounders at second base.
“He is moving good,” Rojas said. “He has got that brace, it works for him to do all those movements, so it’s good.”
Rojas is still working to set a pitching rotation for the start of the exhibition season this weekend. The Mets will play a split squad on Saturday, with a home game against the Marlins. The other half of the squad will play the Cardinals in Jupiter, Fla. Rojas said he has to figure out which catchers he wants at particular venues before he can set the rotation.
The Astros’ Josh Reddick cited a collision with Pete Alonso last spring as a possible reason he needed offseason shoulder surgery.
“If I had to look back at one spot, it probably happened here in spring training and running into that brick wall, Pete Alonso,” Reddick told Houston reporters.
Michael Conforto homered over the right-field fence against Michael Wacha in Conforto’s first round of live batting practice. Wacha faced several hitters, including Yoenis Cespedes.
Mets coaches have walkie-talkies at spring training this season in an attempt to keep players rotating more smoothly to their work stations. Efficiency has become a goal.
Caught My Eye
From behind, Matt Adams — wearing No. 21 and working out at first base Monday — bore a striking resemblance to Lucas Duda. The veteran Adams, who arrived on a minor league deal, will also work out in left field.
Full-squad workouts continue in preparation for Saturday’s split-squad Grapefruit League opener.