Mets manager Luis Rojas spoke on Monday after the team's first full squad workout of spring training. Here are the takeaways...
Jed Lowrie has "no limitations"
Lowrie has been participating in all drills at camp while wearing an enormous brace on his left knee, but he has "no limitations," according to Rojas.
"Lowrie went through the day, he did everything with the team," Rojas said. "He was out there doing the plays -- the bunt plays, first and thirds, took ground balls at second base, he did some covers there as well. He was in the live BP facing (Robert) Gsellman on field 5. He looked good, he's moving good. He's got that brace, it works for him to do all his movements."
As is the case with Yoenis Cespedes (more on him below), there is no timeline for Lowrie's appearance in games. But Rojas said the plan is for Lowrie to continue to participate every day.
Lowrie said Sunday after reporting to camp that wearing the brace alleviates his symptoms, but he wouldn't elaborate on exactly what was ailing his knee.
The pitching staff schedule will be set soon
With Grapefruit League games starting on Saturday, Rojas said the team hasn't yet set their schedule for the starting pitchers and relievers. But it will happen soon.
"That's the conversation we're gonna have soon (with) the pitching coaches. ... We open up with a split squad. We're gonna talk about that today."
Under Mickey Callaway in 2018 and 2019, the Mets usually held back their big guns (Jacob deGrom, Noah Syndergaard) until later in camp, with non-roster types getting the first few starts of spring training. We'll see if that remains the case under Rojas.
Where is Yoenis Cespedes at in his progression?
Cespedes participated in the full squad workout, but broke off to work on his own with the performance staff when the rest of the outfielders broke up into two groups to continue working.
"He looked good running today," Rojas said.
Prior to taking live BP, Cespedes did running drills in the outfield under the watchful eye of the performance staff while not showing any signs of discomfort. Basically, he didn't look slowed at all.
During live batting practice, Cespedes narrowly missed hitting a home run off Michael Wacha (the ball went just foul down the left field line). He later hit two home runs in the regular portion of batting practice.
"It's a big day for him, big first day joining the squad," Rojas said. "Going back to the timing, when he (hit off) Wacha. He looked really good. Almost like he hasn't missed a beat facing pitchers."
Rojas added that Cespedes will continue to participate in a majority of full-team drills as he continues his progression.
Does Cespedes have a chip on his shoulder?
In the wake of Cespedes refusing to talk to the media before the workout on Monday, Rojas was asked if Cespedes had a "chip on his shoulder."
"Ces gets here really early," Rojas said. "Right now he's locked in on this progression. This is a big day for him, just joining the team, and being able to go through the day. I know he's engaged with that. Our focus with him is that one. I recall seeing him really early just going into the gym preparing to do what he did today."