Ex-A’s infielder Jed Lowrie of the Mets to have MRI exam on left knee

The Mets uttered that dreaded three-letter acronym for the first time in spring training, and it involved Jed Lowrie: MRI.

Starting a $20 million, two-year contract, the infielder noticed the back of his left knee started to hurt last weekend after he was running, an issue he hadn’t felt before. He will go for a scan Thursday.

“It’s just one of those things we’ve got to get checked out,” the 34-year-old said Wednesday. “It started when I starting ramping things up and doing top-end speed stuff and batting practice. I just kind of felt something in the back side of my knee.”

Lowrie was sought by new general manager Brodie Van Wagenen, his former agent, for infield depth. Primarily a shortstop, he can play second and third base.

“We need to figure out what’s going on first before we start worrying about how concerned we are,” Lowrie said.

Manager Mickey Callaway said Lowrie needed 40 at-bats during the exhibition season. Lowrie hit .267 last season for the A’s and set career highs for home runs (23) and RBIs (99).

“Our goal right now is to get him ready for the first game of the season. That’s why we’re being cautious. It’s a little soreness,” Callaway said.

Tulowitzki swings: Troy Tulowitzki took a third strike in his first simulated game of spring training and followed with a drive down the right-field line that would have been over Yankee Stadium’s right-field wall.

“Honestly, I feel good, ready to go,” he said. “Just excited to play.”

Now 34, the five-time All-Star and Fremont High -Sunnyvale alum has not played in the major leagues since July 2017. He is projected to start at shortstop for the Yankees while Didi Gregorius recovers from Tommy John surgery.

Tulowitzki missed last season because of bone spurs in his right and left heels.

“Taking a full year off was tough for me,” he said. “But I think it’s built some character, it’s built some toughness, and it makes you appreciate it that much more being out there. It’s been a long road. It’s took its toll, but I’m still here standing.”

Tigers to sign Harrison: A person familiar with the negotiations said free agent Josh Harrison has agreed to a one-year deal with Detroit.

Harrison, 31, spent his first eight major-league seasons with the Pirates. He has played second base, third base, shortstop and the outfield.

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