NY Mets 1B can go to rehab

NEW YORK – Pete Alonso, who is dealing with a sprain on the right, is eligible to be removed from the injured list on Saturday.

Barring the unforeseen, he won’t – although he’s apparently closer to the return than many of his teammates.

“He’s doing well,” Mets manager Luis Rojas said on Friday.

The question, however: Will Alonso need a rehab mission?

This, of course, will affect his return date. And the Mets are still discussing it internally and Rojas said they may find out more in the coming days.

Initially, Rojas and the athletic training staff believed Alonso would need it. But then Rojas saw what Alonso looked like as he swayed and noticed how confident he was the past few days.

New York Mets' Pete Alonso celebrates after scoring the winning run against the Arizona Diamondbacks in the 10th inning of a baseball game on Friday, May 7, 2021 in New York City.  (AP Photo / John Minchillo)

However, they take these developments into account.

“We must also remain present,” Rojas said. “You have to see how he’s doing and how he’s reacting today.”

Still, it looks – at least from reading between the lines – that Alonso will likely be headed for a rehab mission eventually. After all, it might be the safest route if you look at a few other cases of ongoing injuries.

In his first detox match on May 13, Brandon nimmo (bone contusion of the left index finger) felt pain during a fight. He hasn’t played since.

Jd davis (left hand sprain) was in rehab and had pain in his hand. A MRI showed inflammation in his joints.

Now imagine if one of them returned to the Mets without having to undergo rehabilitation.

By playing a few games in the minors, Alonso can test her hand and feel how it reacts in different situations. He can also see the pitching live.

“We think it’s the right approach just to be safe and make sure he’s 100% and can come and help the team and stay the whole way,” Rojas said.

Put the likely pitchers for the weekend unsettled

The Mets and Braves will not catch up with their postponed series opener this weekend. They have matches on Saturday and Sunday, but no one knows if those will be played because rain is in the forecast all weekend.

Rojas said the Mets expected Taijuan Walker (sealing left side) to return from the injured list to start Saturday’s game. And they’re still debating Sunday because it’s Jacob deGrom’s day, but David Peterson, who was scheduled to pitch on Saturday, has been pushed back because the Mets want to bring Walker back into the rotation.

May 17, 2021;  Atlanta, Georgia, United States;  New York Mets starting pitcher Taijuan Walker (99) throws a pitch against the Atlanta Braves in the second inning at Truist Park.  Mandatory Credit: Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports

The Mets, Rojas said, could push Peterson to Monday. None of this is official – Rojas said he would announce it on Saturday – but it makes the most sense. There’s probably no good reason to push DeGrom, an ace, off his normal start day.

Mets hope for the best for Syndergaard

Rojas said he has yet to see Noah Syndergaard since the squad stop right-hander for six weeks due to inflammation of the right elbow. The two texted, however.

Rojas said many Mets wanted to see Syndergaard. One of them: Michael Conforto, who is also on the injured list but with hamstring strain.

“He’s worked so hard until now and to be arrested and all that,” Rojas said of the Syndergaard setback. “You kind of bowed your head, but at the same time, I know everyone here, as a family, wants to see him and tell him everything will be fine.”

Almora may soon begin her rehabilitation mission

Albert Almora Jr., who suffered a bruised left shoulder when he crashed into the wall earlier this month, could soon begin a rehabilitation mission.

Almora did baseball activities – swinging, running, playing wrestling, etc. –and moved well, Rojas said. The principal said Almora could begin this rehab assignment after a week or two of baseball activity.

Justin Toscano is the author of The Mets Beats for NorthJersey.com. For unlimited access to all Mets analysis, news, transactions and more, please subscribe today and download our app.

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