Mets Hot Stove Night: GM Says Lowrie MRI Revealed No Significant Damage

February 21, 2019 - 8:47 pm

PORT ST. LUCIE, Florida (WCBS 880) — WCBS 880 officially kicked off the 2019 Mets baseball season Thursday night with an exclusive Hot Stove special.

Howie Rose, Wayne Randazzo and Ed Coleman sat down with General Manager Brodie Van Wagenen, Brandon Nimmo, Zack Wheeler and other special guests.

Brandon Nimmo and Wayne Randazzo
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Listen to highlights and the full segment below.

New General Manager Brodie Van Wagenen has been a breath of fresh air for the Mets.

The rookie GM and former player agent has been front and center with the media and fans. He has not been afraid to make moves and his air of confidence and energy has brought the team and their fans a real sense of optimism this season.

“I’m not very good at being idle,” Van Wagenen joked during the Hot Stove.

Van Wagenen touched on a number of topics, but most importantly noted that Jed Lowrie’s MRI revealed no significant damage, and the team will begin to bring him along slowly.

What else is in store? Will Peter, (or as we found out this past week "Pete") Alonso make the team out of camp? How will they handle the veterans this season? And what about Jacob deGrom?

Listen to the full interview below:

Brandon Nimmo's 2018 was the complete opposite of the Mets season.

He burst onto the scene and — outside of Jacob deGrom — became a household name with his personality, hustle and overall play with the team.  He credits his mental approach to his improvements and always working on the little things.

One person he says he has enjoyed having around is Tim Tebow. Nimmo even joked, saying there is too much niceness in the room with him and Tebow together during Spring Training.

The outfielder also had great things to say about Brodie Van Wagenen.

Listen to the full interview below:

The Mets catching situation wasn’t what one would have hoped it could have been with early injuries to Travis D'Arnaud and Kevin Plewecki, forcing the Mets to go out and find a new catcher.

While Devin Mesoraco was a pleasant surprise, the Mets spent the offseason as a rumored trading partner in acquiring J.T. Realmuto to fill the void.

Though the trade never happened, one of the best catchers on the free agent market was available and had already spent a lot of time in the NL East with the Phillies and Nationals— Wilson Ramos.

Now, it looks like he is fitting in quite nicely with the Mets.

Listen to the full interview below:

Jacob deGrom was the big story last year on the Mets starting staff, but if you stepped back there was another story that may have been just as big, and it involved Zack Wheeler.

The big right-hander had battled through injury, lost seasons and inconsistency. He even was demoted to the minors to work on his mechanics.

Then, in the second half of 2018 he put it all together and was the second best pitcher on the Mets staff behind deGrom's brilliance.

He is hoping to build on that in 2019 and, with Noah Syndergaard and deGrom, he could make this staff something very special.

Listen to the full interview below:

Listen to the full WCBS 880 Hot Stove Special below: