Is the Mets finally ready to return the bat to the lineup?
Pete Alonso could be removed from the injured list on Saturday after 10 days with a sprained right wrist. Luis Rojas initially thought Alonso would have to be assigned to rehab in the minor leagues. But the manager said he was not so confident after watching the heavy bass play on Friday.
“He looked a lot better than I expected and nothing happened. [physically]Rojas said after the Mets’ game against Braves was postponed by inclement weather on Friday.
Rojas said a decision should be made until this weekend whether Alonso needs rehab.
Alonso’s return will benefit a lineup without Brandon Nimmo, Michael Conforto, Jeff McNeil and JD Davis besides himself. Major reserves such as Kevin Pillar and Louis Guillerm, all of whom are in the ILC.
“[Alonso] It’s coming on strong. He swings. Meet Coach BP and do it high. [velocity] The machines and checkout are all fine,” Rojas said. “He looks good now. He is very excited about the results of the progress he has made over the past few days.”
Taijuan Walker is the Mets’ starting pitcher on Saturday, but Rojas is not ready to announce his starting rotation beyond that. His choice was for Jacob Derek to rest as usual on Sundays. Or turn your back on David. Peterson started. One of the two will land Monday in Arizona. DeGrom held a side session on Friday and Rojas noted that the right-hander ace should be kept on the scheduled date in most cases.
Rojas said he has yet to speak to Noah Syndergaard a day after the Mets announced the right-hander will be shut out of throwing for at least six weeks due to inflammation in his right elbow. Syndergaard, who is recovering from Tommy John surgery. It was previously in the process of returning in mid-June.
“There are a lot of people here who want to meet him,” Rojas said, “say hello and hug him. I know everyone here wants to see him and tell him that everything will be fine. Work hard, get treatment, reduce inflammation.”
Syndergaard tweeted on Friday: “I’m fine everyone. See you later.”
Albert Almora Jr. has made progress in his baseball activities, according to Rojas, and may be ready to begin his minor league rehab assignments within a week. The away player has been in IL for the past 2 ½ weeks with a bruise in his left shoulder after colliding with the center fence at Citi Field.