The New York Mets have announced that pitcher Kodai Senga has been scratched from his upcoming spring training start due to finger discomfort. The team has also confirmed that Senga will undergo imaging tests to determine the extent of the injury.
Senga, a 28-year-old right-hander from Japan, recently signed a minor league contract with the Mets after spending the past six seasons with the Fukuoka SoftBank Hawks of the Nippon Professional Baseball league.
While it is unclear when or how Senga suffered the injury, it is certainly a setback for the young pitcher who was aiming to impress the Mets coaching staff and earn a spot on the team’s Opening Day roster.
Senga had been impressive in his first few appearances of the spring, displaying a wicked fastball and a repertoire of offspeed pitches that had Mets’ management excited about his potential.
However, this injury will likely put his progress on hold for the time being, with the team likely to take a cautious approach to his recovery and rehabilitation.
Injuries are an unfortunate reality for baseball players, particularly pitchers who rely so heavily on their arms and fingers to perform at their best. The Mets, like all teams, will hope that this injury is not too serious and that Senga can return to the mound soon.
Meanwhile, the team will continue to evaluate their other options at pitcher, as they aim to improve on last season’s disappointing performance and make a push for the playoffs in 2021.
As for Senga, he will have to be patient and trust in the team’s medical staff to guide him through his recovery. If he can overcome this setback and continue to showcase his impressive arsenal of pitches, he could become a valuable asset for the Mets in the years to come.