Two of the Mets’ key infielders won’t be ready when the real games start.
Lowrie has had injury issues before, and the 33-year-old Frazier isn’t exactly in his prime. The latter only played in 155 games last year due to hamstring and rib injuries. The Mets are clearly being cautious. Both ailments were said to be relatively minor, but Lowrie and Frazier have now been out for over a month.
According to Heyman, Jeff McNeil will be the team’s everyday third baseman to start the season. McNeil, who is 26 years old, was called up to the big leagues for the first time in July. His Mets career started on an encouraging note when he recorded a hit on the first pitch he faced. He went on to bat .329 over 63 games.
J.D. Davis could also see time at third base with Frazier unavailable.