Marcus Stroman is resting.
Mets announced Monday that the right-winger decided to cut the rest of the season due to coronavirus concerns. He becomes the second Mets player to turn down, eight days after Yoenis Cespedes left the team in Atlanta without first notifying the Mets of his decision.
Stroman, who was working to recover from a preeason calf injury, said he made his decision with his family and this is based solely on COVID-19, not because of his calf. Stroman, 29, will become a free agent at the end of the year without throwing a field in 2020. He said the decision was “weighing” him every day.
“This is not something I wanted,”; Stroman said. “This was a collective decision for my family, for our best interests. Because I am such a competitor, it was extremely difficult to finally make that decision. “