Mets Right-handed Marcus Stroman is making progress in his recovery from the left calf tear he suffered last week. Stroman has returned to throw “Full tilt” Bullpen meetings, said manager Luis Rojas (via Deesha Thosar of the New York Daily News). Pitching trainer Jeremy Hefner added that Stroman still can’t sprint, so it remains unclear when he will be queuing for his season debut. The sooner the better for the Mets, for whom Stroman is a must for Ace Jacob deGrom. From his own perspective, Stroman is facing a fairly important season with his first trip to the free agency, which is planned for winter.
- One of Stromans Mets Teammates, Righty Jared Hughes, has been on the injured list since July 15. The team announced no reason for the move at this time, although it turned out to be positive for the corona virus, Ken Athletes’ Ken Rosenthal reports. Hughes was symptomatic for about 10 days per Rosenthal, but now he’s healthy and playing at the team’s alternate training location. Before fighting the virus, Hughes seemed like he was going to earn a place in the season opening after the Mets signed him on to a major league contract.
- The Rays I have received good news from some of their outfielders who have missed the season so far due to their own positive COVID tests. star Austin Meadows Juan Toribio of MLB.com is busy with baseball activities on Wednesday (Twitter links). Manager Kevin Cash indicated that Meadows could return sometime during the Rays’ homestay, August 4-9. Meanwhile, Randy Arozarena Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times has given approval to rejoin the team and resume baseball activities. He started rehab on Wednesday at the Rays’ alternative training site.
- The Red SoxSince they have had poor production with their patchwork rotation so far, this will be right Zack Godley an opportunity as a starter, Jason Mastrodonato of the Boston Herald Tweets. Godley, whom the Red Sox have signed this month, will make their first club start against the Yankees on Saturday. The former Diamondback and Blue Jay was an effective starter just a few years ago before dropping dramatically last season. Godley had an extremely encouraging performance with a long relief on Monday when he threw four goalless innings with four goals and seven swings against the Mets.