Mets’ star pitcher expects to be fine after injury scare

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Mar 4, 2020; Port St. Lucie, Florida, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Marcus Stroman (0) delivers a pitch against the St. Louis Cardinals during the third inning at First Data Field. Mandatory Credit: Sam Navarro-USA TODAY Sports

New York Mets’ starter Marcus Stroman, who is off to a fantastic start of the season, had to leave early on his outing against the Philadelphia Phillies on Friday night. He had conceded only a couple of unearned runs in five innings, but hamstring tightness appeared to ruin his night.

The tightness in his right hamstring prompted the Mets to take it easy with their prized right-hander. However, the issue should not force him to miss any additional starts, according to the Mets’ official site.

Describing the injury, Stroman stated that his hammy initially “kind of grabbed on me” in the third frame Friday, but he attributed it to running on the basepaths.

The discomfort didn’t go away and started getting problematic in the bottom of the third inning.

“I just felt it get really tight, and then it kind of progressed in the fourth and the fifth,” the Mets’ starter said. “It’s just one of those things, just leaning on the side of caution, honestly. It’s such a long year. I don’t think it made sense to go out there and press it and force it in the sixth and seventh, and risk potentially making it worse.”

The Mets are being cautious

While the Mets preferred to err on the side of caution, the hamstring tightness wasn’t really affecting Stroman’s performance, as he struck out three batters in the third and two in the fifth, hi last frame.

His night was done after just 64 pitches. “He’s pretty optimistic about making his next start,” Mets’ manager Luis Rojas said. “We’ll keep checking him, day to day, and see how he’s doing, see how he’s responding.”

After the game, the press asked Stroman if the hamstring was going to be a problem in the future, to which he replied: “It won’t be.”

“I know what I have to do in these next four or five days,” he said. “The staff here is unbelievable. So it’s just a matter of getting in there and doing everything that we need to do to get it better, strengthen it. I have 100 percent confidence in my mind that I’ll be back out there in five days.”

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