Having not yet played a single inning for the Mets this season, Kodai Senga continues to face uncertainties regarding his return, attributed to nerve inflammation and recent cortisone treatment.

The series of setbacks and challenges Senga has faced since being sidelined with a shoulder strain in spring training essentially mirror the Mets’ overall season in Queens.

Prior to the rained-out game against the Dodgers on Monday, the team’s top pitcher expressed some remorse for not being back on the pitching mound, hinting at possible disagreements with the rehab process.

“I feel like I have a good understanding of my body and believe there were areas where things could have been handled better,” Senga mentioned through an interpreter. “I’m not entirely surprised by my current situation; there were probably aspects I could’ve managed differently.”


Kodai Senga is still waiting to pitch for the Mets this season. Robert Sabo for NY Post

When asked to elaborate on his statement, Senga further explained, “I believe the key lies in meeting all the established milestones on the path to full recovery. Each milestone must be reached before achieving the ultimate goal of complete restoration.”

Regarding potential advancement to new milestones without fully reaching previous ones, Senga responded, “Not necessarily.”

Senga reflected on his arm struggles, which have encompassed a sore triceps, nerve inflammation, and mechanical discomfort leading to a recent setback. He acknowledged, “While there isn’t a single cause for everything, looking ahead, my focus must be on meticulous progress to eventually return to pitching.”

Carlos Mendoza dismissed suggestions that Senga might have been rushed through his recovery process.

“I wouldn’t characterize it as a disagreement,” Mendoza stated regarding the rehab regimen. “There were discussions. A plan was laid out when he first got injured in spring, and we were all in agreement. We did consider some of his inputs. As he resumed throwing and felt better, new challenges like mechanical issues and triceps concerns emerged. Disagreement? Not quite. He presents a unique case; his eagerness to compete hasn’t translated into full recovery.”


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Mendoza attributed Senga’s remarks to his current state of frustration.

“We’re dealing with a highly frustrated player who is unable to contribute to the team at the moment,” Mendoza pointed out. “We understand his desire to be out there helping the team, but as things stand, he’s unable to do so.”

Both Senga and Mendoza declined to specify a timeframe for the 31-year-old’s potential return.

It will have been five days since Senga’s cortisone injection by Tuesday, and Mendoza expressed hope that if Senga no longer feels discomfort, he could begin a throwing regimen as early as Wednesday.

Nonetheless, Senga would still need to make up for lost time once he resumes training.

“My main aim is to get back on the field,” Senga emphasized. “Being present at the stadium, seeing my teammates’ efforts, really fuels my determination to return and contribute to the team.”

Regarding his season thus far, Senga remarked, “It’s certainly been far from ideal.”

“My eagerness to make a comeback is undeniable,” Senga affirmed. “I’m striving for a return, but I must also exercise caution and avoid rushing the process at the same time.”