The Mets will assess Kodai Senga’s condition before making a final decision, but the talented pitcher might adjust his schedule and take the mound for his upcoming minor league start on the usual four days of rest.

Throughout the past 18 months, the Mets have often allowed Senga an extra day of rest between his starts, following a similar approach to how he was managed in Japan.

His recent start for Triple-A Syracuse occurred with a five-day break in between.


Kodai Senga’s next rehab start remains up in the air. Corey Sipkin for New York Post

As the MLB and minors enter a brief hiatus starting Monday for the All-Star activities, the Mets are deliberating whether to have Senga pitch on a more conventional four days’ rest on Sunday.

“The final decision is still pending,” remarked manager Carlos Mendoza ahead of the Mets’ 6-2 victory over the Nationals at Citi Field on Wednesday. “Hopefully, by the end of [Thursday], a verdict will be reached.”

During his recent start with Syracuse, Senga managed to deliver 52 pitches, but only lasted 2 ²/₃ innings, marking his first appearance for Syracuse and second rehab outing overall.

It’s anticipated that he will require several more starts before being considered for his debut in 2024.

After the Sunday games, the minor league season will pause until the following Friday.

If Senga is unable to pitch on four days’ rest, he may opt for a simulated game on Monday instead, as he continues his recovery from a shoulder capsule strain and triceps tightness.

Kodai Senga observes the activity from dugout during the Mets' 6-2 victory over the Nationals.
Kodai Senga watches the action from the dugout during the Mets’ 6-2 triumph over the Nationals. Getty Images

No. 88 has been long adorned by the new Mets reliever, Phil Maton, causing third-base coach Mike Sarbaugh to make the switch to No. 86.

In his eighth season, Maton reflects on his early days as a rookie with the Padres.

“When you’re an unknown prospect, that’s simply the number they assign you when you get called up,” Maton remarked about the number.


Jake Diekman, who came on with one out and a runner in the seventh inning, striking out the only two batters he faced, reached his 700th career game.

“It’s quite an achievement,” Mendoza commented on the 37-year-old Diekman, now in his 13th season. “I’m proud of him for his longevity in this profession. He’s a significant influence in that locker room.”


Tyrone Taylor, the player who delivered an RBI triple in the eighth inning, became the first Met to achieve triples in consecutive games since Brandon Nimmo back on May 25-26 of the last season.

Mark Vientos, who lined an RBI double in the sixth inning to level the game, has accumulated eight RBIs in his last seven home games.


Jahel Diaz, a left-handed pitcher who turned 8 years old and is the son of Edwin, threw the ceremonial first pitch to his father.