Mets starting pitcher Kodai Senga might not be ready for opening day.

The Japanese phenom is expected to begin the 2024 MLB season on the injured reserve list, according to President of Baseball Operations David Stearns. Senga had an MRI for arm fatigue he experienced during a spring training session.

It was revealed Senga had a moderate capsule strain in the back of his right shoulder, which would shut down the star player indefinitely. However, the injury won’t require surgery, and with rest, he should be ready to go not long after the season starts.

“At this point, I’m not going to be able to perform at the highest level, so giving it a little bit of time is the right move,” Senga said, speaking through an interpreter.

Subscribe to our free weekly newsletter!

A week of sports news in your in-box.
We find the sports news you need to know, so you don't have to.

Senga is expected to be the backbone of the Mets starting rotation this season. In a year where expectations are low for the Mets, an all-star effort from the talented pitcher could help New York overachieve. However, that question will have to be answered at a later date until Senga can come back from injury.

In the meantime, the Mets will now rely more on former Yankees standout Luis Severino, Sean Manaea and Tylor Megill to step up in replacement of Senga. The team started spring training in Port St. Lucie last weekend, playing St. Louis and Houston on Saturday and Sunday respectively.

Read more about:

Leave a comment

This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google Privacy Policy and Terms of Service apply.

The reCAPTCHA verification period has expired. Please reload the page.

Listen to the uInterview Podcast!
Get the most-revealing celebrity conversations with the uInterview podcast!