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Jed Lowrie out an additional few weeks due to strained hamstring


Mets infielder Jed Lowrie was set to come off of the injured list to make his season debut, but the veteran suffered a Grade 1 hamstring strain and will miss another few weeks, MLB.com’s Anthony DiComo reports. Lowrie had been on a rehab assignment with Triple-A Syracuse, working his way back from a sprained left knee capsule, and apparently suffered the injury on Saturday, the last time he played.

The Mets and Lowrie, 35, agreed to a two-year, $20 million contract in January. Lowrie had two very good seasons with the A’s in 2017-18, batting an aggregate .272/.356/.448 with 37 home runs and 168 RBI across 1,325 plate appearances.

Todd Frazier and J.D. Davis have handled third base. Davis has performed well while Frazier has… not. There was some thought that Frazier might have been designated for assignment to make room on the roster for Lowrie, but the Mets will now get an additional few weeks to think about that.

Video: Jorge Soler launches first home run of spring training

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The Royals and Rangers played the first game of spring training today. A few other teams (the Red Sox, Tigers and Twins) played or are currently playing college squads, but Kansas City-Texas is our first matchup of big league teams. Baseball’s back, baby! And you know what baseball means?

Kansas City’s Jorge Soler, who hit 48 homers last year to lead the American League, offered us the year’s first glimpse at recreational baseball murder when he took Kolby Allard out over the left field yard.

Mmm. That’s the good stuff. Here’s to eight and a half months more of that. Bring me the dingers.

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