The New York Mets have more pitching woes heading into the 2020 MLB season. Announced earlier this year, flamethrower Noah Syndergaard was poised for Tommy John surgery. One thing led to another, and Syndergaard would not play for the upcoming season. Instead, he’d undergo surgery. Now that Noah is out until 2021, the Mets turned to Marcus Stroman. That option may be put on hold as New York opens the season Friday.
Welcome to the IL, Marcus
Stroman has dealt with a left calf tear and will be placed on the IL to start the season. The MRI read positive yesterday in what was a devastating blow for him and the team. Currently, Stroman is listed “week to week” with a tough injury to heal. According to manager Luis Rojas, the injury occurred when Stroman took a line drive off the calf in an intrasquad game. Despite this, Stroman kept pitching and threw a bullpen three days later.
“Man, it’s really unfortunate,” Rojas said. “Stroman is a fighter and has put in a lot of work.” As you can see, Rojas likes the fighting mentality of Stroman and is disappointed in hearing he won’t be available to start.
In one highlighted best case scenario, Stroman could wait two weeks before ramping up baseball activities again. The injury could have very well pushed the Mets out of the playoffs if they weren’t already. Manger Rojas also spoke on pitching, and if they might consider outside help. “Right now our focus is our guys and we like them very much,” Rojas said. “We have seen guys go in there and perform, their stuff is great, they have given us depth.” The Mets open their season Friday against the Braves.
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