Infielder Jed Lowrie and pitcher Walker Lockett will open the season on the injured list, the Mets informed reporters including MLB.com’s Anthony DiComo (Twitter links). The former will be placed on the 10-day list, while the latter will go on the 15-day list under the newly tweaked rules.
Lowrie’s left leg remains shrouded in both mystery and braces. The 36-year-old veteran has not yet contributed to the Mets since signing a two-year deal in the 2018-19 offseason. He has finally made some progress but obviously still isn’t in game shape.
As for Lockett, he’s said to be dealing with a lower back ailment. It’s not yet clear just how long he might be sidelined. Lockett has yet to fully establish himself in the majors but had seemed to be lined up for an active roster spot to open the year. He’s out of options, so will need to be moved onto the active roster or exposed to waivers once he’s healthy.