Mets’ options after Todd Frazier is next infielder to go down

PORT ST. LUCIE — Another week, another infielder down for the Mets.

Todd Frazier will be sidelined indefinitely after an MRI exam revealed the veteran infielder has a left oblique strain. On Tuesday, Frazier said he felt discomfort while taking recent batting practice and alerted team officials.

Last week, Jed Lowrie was sidelined with a sprained capsule in his left knee. Lowrie has indicated he is uncertain whether he will be ready for Opening Day.

With Frazier and Lowrie sidelined, the Mets will need to look hard for third-base options. Among the possibilities could be shifting Jeff McNeil to third to begin the season. McNeil has been working out in left field this spring after getting squeezed from the infield equation with the arrivals of Lowrie and Robinson Cano. Other third-base options in camp include J.D. Davis and Adeiny Hechavarria.

The 33-year-old Frazier had two stints on the disabled list last season with the Mets. Previously he had never been placed on the DL during his career.

“I am frustrated with myself and just one of those things where you come into the year all healthy and ready to roll and this happens, so it’s not fun,” Frazier said.

The Mets had been holding back Frazier with the idea he would make his Grapefruit League debut Wednesday. Now he will return to New York for a cortisone shot and shut down baseball activities until the oblique improves.

“It wasn’t just one swing, it was overall going through the at-bats [Monday],” Frazier said. “I hit a home run and hit a couple of doubles, so that is the weirdest part about it. It’s just a strain of the left side, and we have to keep working on it.”

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