WASHINGTON — Jed Lowrie’s status remained in limbo Monday, as Mets officials discussed the next step for the veteran infielder.
A club source indicated it was possible Lowrie would be activated from the injured list for Tuesday’s game against the Nationals, but added that a final decision hadn’t been reached.
There was originally thought Lowrie would join the team last Friday, but it was instead decided he should continue his rehab assignment for Triple-A Syracuse through the weekend. Lowrie went 3-for-8 in two games, but didn’t play Sunday, and Syracuse was off Monday.
Lowrie, who missed spring training rehabbing a sprained capsule in his left knee, is 5-for-31 (.161) during his rehab assignment for Single-A St. Lucie and Syracuse.
The Mets will face a roster decision once Lowrie is activated. Dominic Smith, Adeiny Hechavarria and Keon Broxton are the top candidates to depart unless the team elects to operate short in the bullpen.
Jeurys Familia will be activated from the injured list before Tuesday’s game, with Eric Hanhold optioned to Syracuse. Familia’s last appearance for the Mets came on April 30, when he was charged with a blown save against the Reds. The right-hander owns a 6.28 ERA and 2.02 WHIP in 14 appearances this season. He has spent the last two weeks resting a sore right shoulder caused by a bone spur.
The Mets completed their trade with the Rays for Wilmer Font by sending right-hander Neraldo Catalina to Tampa Bay. Catalina was signed by the Mets as a non-drafted free agent last summer and has not yet appeared in the minor leagues.
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