Pete Alonso is eligible for removal from the injured list on Saturday, after 10 days of absence following a sprained right wrist. Initially, Luis Rojas believed Alonso would need a rehab mission in the minor leagues, but the manager said he was not so convinced after seeing the first baseman in training on Friday.
“He looked a lot better than I expected and nothing happened [physically]Rojas said after the Mets’ game against the Braves was postponed by bad weather on Friday.
Rojas said a decision would likely be made over the weekend as to whether Alonso needs a rehab mission.
Alonso’s return would be a boon for a roster that is also without Brandon Nimmo, Michael Conforto, Jeff McNeil and JD Davis, in addition to key backups such as Kevin Pillar and Luis Guillorme, who are all on the IL.
« [Alonso] has a good tendency, he swings, he has already faced BP coaches and he has done high [velocity] machine and checked, everything is fine, ”Rojas said. “He looked good right now. He is really excited about the results of the progress he has made over the past few days.
Taijuan Walker is the Mets’ expected starting pitcher for Saturday, but Rojas wasn’t ready to announce his starting rotation beyond that. His options would be to throw Jacob deGrom on his normal Sunday rest or stay on and give David Peterson the start. One of the two would launch in Arizona on Monday. DeGrom held a side session on Friday, and Rojas noted that it was best to keep the right-handed ace on the scheduled day in most cases.
Rojas said he still had not spoken with Noah Syndergaard, a day after the Mets announced the right-hander would be barred from throwing for at least six weeks due to inflammation in his right elbow. Syndergaard, who is recovering from Tommy John surgery, was previously on track for a return in mid-June.
“There are a lot of people here who want to see it,” Rojas said. “Say hello and give her a hug.” I know everyone here wants to see him and just tell him that everything will be fine. Keep working hard, get your treatment, reduce inflammation.
Syndergaard tweeted on Friday: “I’m fine everyone. See you soon. “
Albert Almora Jr. has progressed in his baseball business, according to Rojas, and could be ready to begin a minor league rehab mission within a week. The outfielder has been on the IL for the past 2.5 weeks with a contusion to his left shoulder after colliding with the center field fence at Citi Field.