Could the Mets be ready finally to return a bat to the lineup?
Pete Alonso is eligible for removal from the injured list Saturday, after 10 days sidelined with a right wrist sprain. Initially, Luis Rojas thought Alonso would need a minor league rehab assignment, but the manager said he wasn’t as convinced of that after watching the slugging first baseman work out Friday.
“He looked a lot better than I expected and there is nothing going on [physically],” Rojas said after the Mets’ game against the Braves was postponed by inclement weather Friday.
Rojas said a decision would likely be reached this weekend on whether Alonso needs a rehab assignment.
Alonso’s return would be a boon to a lineup that is also without Brandon Nimmo, Michael Conforto, Jeff McNeil and J.D. Davis, in addition to key backups such as Kevin Pillar and Luis Guillorme, all of whom are on the IL.
“[Alonso] is trending well, he is swinging, he already faced some coaches BP and he did high [velocity] machine and checked out, everything is good,” Rojas said. “He was looking good right now. He is real excited about the results on the progression that he’s done the last couple of days.”
Taijuan Walker is the Mets’ expected starting pitcher for Saturday, but Rojas wasn’t prepared to announce his starting rotation beyond that. His options would be to pitch Jacob deGrom on his normal rest Sunday or stay in turn and give David Peterson the start. One of the two would pitch Monday at Arizona. DeGrom threw a side session Friday, and Rojas noted it’s preferable to keep the ace right-hander on his scheduled day in most cases.
Rojas said he still hadn’t spoken with Noah Syndergaard, a day after the Mets announced the right-hander will be shut down from throwing for at least six weeks because of inflammation in his right elbow. Syndergaard, who is rehabbing from Tommy John surgery, was previously on track for a mid-June return.
“There’s a lot of people here that want to see him,” Rojas said. “Say hi and give him a hug. I know everybody here wants to see him and just tell him that everything is going to be OK. Keep working hard, get your treatment, get the inflammation down.”
Syndergaard tweeted Friday: “I’m A-OK everyone. See you soon.”
Albert Almora Jr. has progressed in his baseball activities, according to Rojas, and could be ready to start a minor league rehab assignment within a week. The outfielder has been on the IL for the last 2 ½ weeks with a left shoulder contusion after colliding with the center-field fence at Citi Field.