The New York Mets got some good news this week, as rookie David Peterson showed he can handle a major league lineup while stiffling the Boston Red Sox for 5 2/3 innings of two earned runs. However, that doesn’t take away the fact that they need Marcus Stroman, one of their most dependable starters, to get back on the mound as soon as possible.
His return is treated as a “week to week” proposition, rather than the more optimistic day to day. Stroman, who was slated to be the New York Mets’ second starter this season following Noah Syndergaard’s Tommy John surgery in the spring, suffered a left calf tear on July 12 and has been on the shelf since that day.
However, according to New York Daily News’ Deesha Thosar, the Mets’ righty is throwing “full tilt” bullpen sessions. That’s what manager Luis Rojas told her, which leads us to believe that he will back eventually and his arm won’t have suffered that much from the extended break.
The Mets will proceed with caution
Mets’ fans need to pump the brakes, however. Pitching coach Jeremy Hefner detailed that Stroman still isn’t able to sprint because of his injury, and he has said in the past that he needs to field his position with no limitations before thinking about coming back to play.
Upon being placed on the injured list, Stroman told the press that he could see himself making a swift, quicker-than-anticipated recovery from his ailment, and according to his progression and the latest reports, a mid-August return seems like a realistic target for the talented hurler.
Since suffering the injury, Stroman hasn’t stopped throwing. The pitcher is in the last year of arbitration elegibility and will enter free agency after the season. He is motivated to come back, help the Mets reach the playoffs, and put up good individual numbers as he thinks about his next payday.