Marcus Stroman’s rehabbed left calf told him he could continue this season. But the Mets pitcher chose to copy out instead.
Citing COVID-19 concerns, Stroman became the second Mets player in just over a week, joining Yoenis Cespedes, to opt out on the season. The right-hander was on the injured list and preparing to pitch perhaps the final simulated game in his rehab, but informed general manager Brodie Van Wagenen hours before the Mets were set face the Nationals that he wouldn’t be continuing.
“It ended up being a collective family decision for me, something that has been weighing on me daily,” Stroman said.
“I ended up sitting with my family and assessing the possibilities and realizing there’s just too many uncertainties, too many unknowns right now to go out there. It’s really putting the health for my family and myself first and foremost.”
Mets manager Luis Rojas said he understood Stroman’s decision but was surprised.