Injuries & Moves: Senga to throw off mound

April 13th, 2024

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April 13: RHP to start throwing off mound
Senga has progressed to throwing from 120 feet and is set to start throwing off a mound, manager Carlos Mendoza said Saturday.

However, Senga will not be fully pitching off the mound just yet -- Mendoza said the Senga's catcher won't be squatting at first -- but it still means the Mets' ace is moving on to the next stage of his rehab from the shoulder strain that will keep him out until at least May 27. Mendoza also said Senga is using all of his pitches now.

April 11: RHP Julio Teheran elects free agency
Two days after the Mets designated Teheran for assignment, they outrighted him to Triple-A. Because Teheran has more than five years of Major League service time, he held -- and exercised -- the right to reject that assignment. Rather than report to the Minors, Teheran declared free agency.

The Mets had signed Teheran to a $2.5 million unguaranteed contract. His tenure in the organization lasted less than a week, earning him a little more than $100,000 on a prorated basis.

April 11: RHP Yohan Ramírez traded to Orioles for cash considerations
Ramírez, who was designated for assignment on Monday, allowed seven runs over 5 1/3 innings in three relief appearances for the Mets this season.

10-DAY/15-DAY INJURED LIST

RHP Sean Reid-Foley (right shoulder impingement)
Expected return: Mid-April
Reid-Foley, who complained of right arm fatigue midway through Spring Training, has missed the early portion of the season due to a shoulder impingement. A surprise addition to the injured list on the eve of Opening Day, Reid-Foley subsequently received a cortisone shot in his shoulder and was shut down from throwing for a few days. The Mets don't expect his recovery to last too long, however, making Reid-Foley a candidate to join the bullpen by the middle of the month.

The right-hander will begin his rehab assignment with High-A Brooklyn on April 14 and is scheduled to pitch an inning in his first game. (Last updated: April 13)

RHP Tylor Megill (right shoulder strain)
Expected return: April
Megill left his season debut on March 31 after four innings due to right shoulder discomfort, which turned out to be a strain. The plan is for Megill to refrain from throwing for five to seven days, then restart a ramp-up program. If all goes well, the right-hander's absence should last weeks, not months. Megill said it's not nearly as bad as the shoulder strain that cost him half a season back in 2022, but he was forced to delay the start of his rehab process due to illness. He should begin playing catch soon. (Last updated: April 9)

RHP Max Kranick (left hamstring strain)
Expected return: April or May
Kranick was diagnosed with a Grade 2 hamstring strain following his first Grapefruit League start, a successful debut that he hoped might have been the beginning of his bid for a rotation job. Instead, Kranick spent March rehabbing and early April ramping up for game action. He began a rehab assignment on April 7 and will continue stretching out in the Minors for much of April. (Last updated: April 7)

60-DAY INJURED LIST

RHP Kodai Senga (right posterior shoulder capsule strain)
Expected return: Late May or June
On April 10, the Mets transferred Senga to the 60-day IL, making him ineligible to return until May 27. That considerably clarified the timeline of Senga, who began the equivalent of a Spring Training progression when he resumed throwing off flat ground the week of March 25.

Senga continues to make progress in his rehab and is set to start throwing off a mound, but his ramp-up period could last longer than that of a typical pitcher due to the Mets' preference to have him pitch every six days instead of every five. Even during the flat-ground portion of his recovery, Senga took a full week before he began playing catch every day. As such, it wouldn't be surprising for his absence to linger into early June. (Last updated: April 13)

LHP David Peterson (recovery from left hip surgery)
Expected return: May or June
Peterson underwent surgery Nov. 6 to repair a torn labrum in his left hip, an injury that had been bothering him for years. The surgery carries a typical recovery timetable of six or seven months. Peterson, who began throwing bullpen sessions in March, is targeting a return to active duty as soon as he's eligible to come off the 60-day IL on May 27. Once healthy, he figures to return to his role as a rotation depth option. (Last updated: March 20)

INF (recovery from right knee surgery)
Expected return: Possibly September
Mauricio underwent surgery in early January to repair a torn ACL in his right knee, which he injured during winter ball in the Dominican Republic. A typical return timetable for that operation is eight to 12 months, giving Mauricio an outside chance to rejoin the Mets in September. If not, he'll return in 2025. The Mets transferred him to the 60-day IL at the start of Spring Training. (Last updated: Feb. 14)