Marcus Stroman becomes second Mets player to retire of season

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Marcus Stroman withdraws.The Mets announced Monday that the right-hander has decided to take time off for the remainder of the season due to coronavirus concerns. He becomes the second Mets player to step down, eight days after Yoenis Cespedes left the Atlanta team without initially notifying the Mets of his decision.

Stroman, who was returning from a pre-season calf injury, said he made his decision with his family and that it was purely based on COVID-19, not because of his calf. Stroman, 29, is set to become a free agent at the end of the year without throwing a pitch in 2020. He said the decision “weighs” on him daily.

“It’s not something I wanted,” Stroman said. “It was a collective decision for my family, for our best interests. Because I am such a competitor, it was incredibly difficult to finally make this decision.

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