Jed Lowrie has been participating in all drills at spring training while wearing a large brace on his left knee, and Mets GM Brodie Van Wagenen -- who said the team is encouraged by Lowrie's participation -- elaborated Tuesday on what exactly is ailing Lowrie.
"The left knee injury that he had coming into spring training last year has just continued to give him problems," Van Wagenen told SNY's Gary Apple during an interview that will air in full on Mets Hot Stove Tuesday at 6 p.m. on SNY. "A lot of the issues that he had last year were muscles on the left side of his body, on the lower half that were attributed to the knee.
"What he's doing is he had some instability and he had some laxity in the knee that we've tried to stabilize with the brace. The brace has allowed him to do his rehab, it's allowed him to do strength work, it's allowed him to do baseball activities. Now we're gonna try to see how that brace can correlate into competition."
As far as whether Lowrie will be able to play in games while wearing the brace, Van Wagenen was unsure.
"Too early to tell," he said. "And what we've seen so far is him being able to participate in all of our drills and activities here, which is a positive sign. And then from there we'll try to see how it translates into games."
Mets manager Luis Rojas said Monday that, despite the brace, Lowrie was participating in drills with "no limitations."
When Lowrie reported to spring training on Sunday, he wouldn't get into specifics about what was wrong with his knee.
"Like I said, I'm wearing this brace to alleviate my symptoms and so I can feel like myself," he said. "I don't want to get into specifics of symptoms."
As far as being ready for Opening Day, Lowrie wouldn't commit.
"It's always kind of a fluid situation anyway," Lowrie said. "I'm just going to go out there and do everything I can. As of now we're just building up with that intent."
Lowrie missed all but nine games of the 2019 season due to various lower-body issues, making his season debut on Sept. 7 but being limited to strictly pinch-hitting.