You meet right Marcus Stroman is making progress in its recovery from the tears left it suffered last week. Stroman went back to throw “Full Tilt” bullpen sessions, said manager Luis Rojas (via Deesha Thosar of the New York Daily News). Pitching coach Jeremy Hefner added that Stroman is still unable to sprint, so it is still unclear when he will be in line for his season debut. The sooner the better for the Mets, for whom Stroman is an indispensable complement to the ace Jacob deGrom. From his own standpoint, Stroman is in for a pretty important season with his first trip to the free agency scheduled for the winter.
- One by Stroman You meet partner, reason partner Jared Hughes, has been on the injured list since July 15. The team did not announce the reason for the move at the time, although it turns out to be a positive test for coronavirus, reports Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic. Hughes has been symptomatic for roughly 10 days, per Rosenthal, but is now healthy and looking at the team’s alternative training site. Before he had his virus attack, Hughes looked as if he was earning a spot for the season opener after the Mets signed him to a major league contract.
- The Rays they got good news on a couple of their outfielders who, due to their positive COVID tests, have missed the season so far. Stilla Austin Meadows on Wednesday involved in baseball activities, Juan Toribio of MLB.com relays (Twitter links). Manager Kevin Cash has indicated that Meadows may return sometime during the Fifty Rays on August 4-9. In the meantime, Randy Arozarena was cleared to get the team back on track and resume baseball activities, per Tampa Bay Times ’Marc Topkin. Rehabilitation work began at the Ray’s alternative training site on Wednesday.
- The Red Sox, having gained weak production from their patch rotation so far, will give a reason Zack Godley opportunity as a starter, Jason Mastrodonato of the Boston Herald tweets. Godley, whose Red Sox signed a minor league contract this month, will make his first start with the club on Saturday against the Yankees. The former Diamondback and Blue Jay was an effective starter a few years ago before falling dramatically last season. Godley had an encouraging long-range look on Monday, though, as he threw four innings without a score, with a four-hit with seven strikeouts against no walk in the Mets loss.