CHICAGO — Kodai Senga remains to be on a schedule that permits for further relaxation. The Mets are fairly content material to maintain him on one, at the least for this early a part of his rookie season.
Senga will pitch the second sport of a three-game set in opposition to the Chicago Cubs at Wrigley Field on Wednesday. Seven days in between begins isn’t typical for pitchers within the Major Leagues however it’s typical for pitchers in Japan, and the Mets have been attempting to imitate the schedule he was on all through his 11 years within the Nippon Professional League. It doesn’t sound like that is going to vary anytime quickly.
“We don’t know yet. We’ll see how it goes. I don’t know,” supervisor Buck Showalter mentioned Tuesday at Wrigley Field. “Maybe it doesn’t happen at all. We’ll see how he responds. I hope that there is that possibility and we’re leaving that open, but right now he’s doing well with the way his rest is coming up. We’ll continue down that path and the medical people and [pitching coach Jeremy Hefner] will let me know when if and when they think he’s ready.”
Finding a routine has been powerful for Senga in his first season in North America. Between rainouts, doubleheaders and journey days, there aren’t any starters within the Mets’ rotation who’ve been capable of stick with a five-day week. Senga want to determine a routine out sooner or later, even when that implies that has him engaged on a six or seven-day schedule.
“I think my routine is still a work in progress,” Senga mentioned via a translator. “I think between the weather and people going down with injuries, things have changed. I just know that I need to be flexible and be able to pitch on whatever day I am given.”
However, he made it clear that he isn’t asking for the additional days of relaxation and is able to pitching on a traditional schedule if wanted.
“I’ve always wanted to come to the States to play and that comes with it — pitching every fifth day,” Senga mentioned. “I just need to pitch when I’m told to pitch.”
The 30-year-old righty was slotted to start out Tuesday within the sequence opener, however that appears to have been some kind of miscommunication or mistake on the MLB.com schedule. Right-hander Tylor Megill is taking the ball Tuesday and Senga will go Wednesday within the second sport, and the Mets instructed him final week that his subsequent begin would come within the center sport.
Senga knew properly earlier than he received to Chicago that he would pitch Wednesday and geared his workweek towards pitching in that particular sport.
“I knew it was going to be tomorrow all along,” Senga mentioned. “I know they switched it up, but I think they have their own thoughts and their own plan towards that, but we knew this.”
Max Scherzer will open the Mets’ sequence in Denver on Friday evening in opposition to the Colorado Rockies. Justin Verlander will pitch Saturday with an additional day of relaxation. Both right-handers pitched Sunday within the Mets’ doubleheader sweep of the Cleveland Guardians, however Scherzer threw solely six innings and Verlander threw eight, which is why the crew selected to present Verlander that sixth day.
“Max had a good workday today and threw less pitches and less innings the last time out,” Showalter mentioned. “I would have been fine with either of one of them.”
Outfielder Tim Locastro has elected to have surgical procedure on the ulnar collateral ligament in his left thumb. Locastro injured the thumb on a rehab project with Triple-A Syracuse. He was initially positioned on the injured record April 17 with again spasms.
The Mets didn’t instantly know the timeline for the damage.