Barring a miraculous recovery, it appears that the Mets have seen the last of Jed Lowrie.
Asked for an update on the status of the oft-injured infielder on Wednesday, manager Luis Rojas said he has “no idea what his progression is,” a week after he offered a similar nonanswer.
A source confirmed that Lowrie is back home in Houston, since he can’t do baseball activities while receiving platelet-rich plasma injections in his injured left knee and seeing if they will provide relief.
On July 30, the Mets announced Lowrie was dealing with PCL laxity in his left knee, which general manager Brodie Van Wagenen described as looseness in the joint that causes destabilization. There has been nothing new from that point on, other than Rojas saying he was going to get injections and was week-to-week to see how his knee would respond.
“I don’t know right now what his activity is,” Rojas said before the Mets’ 5-4 comeback win over the Phillies.
It appears minimal.
Due to multiple injuries, the 26-year-old Lowrie has recorded just seven at-bats since signing a two-year, $20 million deal with the Mets before last season. And, in all likelihood, that is how his brief Mets career will end.
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The Giants fell to 0-2 after losing 17-13 to the Bears in Chicago. They also lost star running back Saquon Barkley for the season with what is suspected to be a torn ACL. Barkley won’t be back until sometime next season in a devastating blow to the Giants backfield. To recap the game, the injury and where Big Blue is at right now, we bring you a brand new episode of the “Blue Rush” podcast with Paul Schwartz and two-time Super Bowl champion Lawrence Tynes.
The guys open the show with Tynes not being as positive as he was after last week’s loss. They discuss the bad first half and the feel in the locker room at halftime after they were down 17-0 and lost Barkley to a serious injury. Tynes loved Joe Judge carrying Barkley off the field and said it’s something he has never seen from a head coach before. The guys believe the Giants badly need to sign a running back and they should consider free agent Devonta Freeman as the top option. They break down the final drive, both of them not being confident that they were going to score. What were Daniel Jones and the offense doing not taking shots to the end zone, but getting three to four yards? Could Jones have ran the ball himself on the final play and got into the end zone? They then look at the Cowboys’ miraculous comeback win and what the heck happened on the onside kick. Also, Carson Wentz and the Eagles are in trouble right now.
Former Pro Bowl Giants running back and co-host of “Tiki & Tierney” on CBS Sports Radio Tiki Barber then joins us. Barber talks about being devastated for Barkley and the Giants following his injury. He talks about the conversation he had when he met him where he said he would break all of Barber’s Giants records. The radio host also talks about all the injuries in the NFL this season, how he was able to barely miss any games in his career and he explains why he believes Barkley can come back from this and still be an elite player. Barber also gets into deciding to retire when his stats were still great, why the Giants would not have won the Super Bowl if he stayed, running the New York Marathon vs. playing in a football game and why Giants fans should stay positive, focusing on Jones being an athletic franchise quarterback.
Catch up on all episodes of “Blue Rush,” a New York Giants podcast, by subscribing to the podcast on Apple Podcasts, Spotify or wherever you get your podcasts. Follow Lawrence Tynes and Paul Schwartz on Twitter @lt4kicks and @NYPost_Schwartz. The next episode of the show drops Thursday.
Bill Belichick doesn’t second-guess doomed Patriots play
It was another goal-line play in the closing seconds between the New England Patriots and the Seattle Seahawks, but this time the play call was to run the ball.
New quarterback Cam Newton tried a keeper with a touchdown needed to win Sunday night’s game, but he was stopped short of the end zone by two defenders in a 35-30 loss to the Seahawks.
“It was about what you would think it would be. We had one play to score and we tried to go with what we thought was our best play. What else is there to think about?” New England coach Bill Belichick said after the game.
Many fans doubtlessly were thinking about Super Bowl XLIX between the teams, when Seattle coach Pete Carroll bypassed a run play and called for quarterback Russell Wilson to throw a pass from the one, which was intercepted by defensive back Malcolm Butler to seal the victory for New England.
Newton, who is replacing Tom Brady this season after nine seasons with Carolina, had totaled 46 yards rushing on 10 carries and scored two touchdowns on the ground before the final play. But he was upended by Seattle defensive end L.J. Collier and safety Lano Hill to end the game.
“I just didn’t make everybody right and that’s the only thing I regret,” Newton said after the game. “In that type of situation, it’s humbling to be able to have the respect of a team to have the ball in my hands. I just have to deliver.
“Playing a fast defense like that, as soon as you guess, you’re wrong. I’ll definitely learn from this. The play was there. The play was there all game. Moving forward, we just got to scheme up things and being put in that situation again, hopefully we can have a better outcome… We put ourselves in position to win. When you do that, you’ve got to finish.”
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