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Mets Notebook: Kodai Senga continues rehab, team unsure of Christian Scott’s pitch limit

Kodai Senga has yet to pitch in the majors this season. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)
Kodai Senga has yet to pitch in the majors this season. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)
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is made his second rehab appearance on Tuesday night in Syracuse.

The Mets‘ ace tossed 52 pitches, registering three strikeouts in 2.2 scoreless innings for the Triple-A Syracuse Mets as he works his way back from a shoulder strain that has kept him sidelined all season.

“I think his ability to repeat his delivery as a guy who knows himself better than everybody and he’s so meticulous about the movement of his body, but, I think it’s just getting his pitch count and then how he’s going to respond afterward [is what we’re looking for],” said Carlos Mendoza before Tuesday’s game against the Washington Nationals. “Not only today, but the next couple of days especially as the volume is starting to get a little higher.”

The right-hander also tossed 2.2 innings during his first rehab appearance last Wednesday. The Mets have an idea of what number they want the 31-year-old’s pitch count to get to before making his return to Flushing, however, the situation remains fluid with nothing set in stone.

What appears to be definitive is how the Mets will handle their rotation schedule once their ace returns to the fold.

“I think once Senga is back, our default stance would be a six-man [rotation],” said president of baseball operations David Stearns. “We may deviate from that occasionally but I think once Senga’s back our default will be a six-man.”

Senga has not been able to take the stage for an encore to his impressive rookie season in 2023 due to his right-capsule shoulder injury. The runner-up for last year’s NL Rookie of the Year recorded a 2.98 ERA in 29 games last season.

HANDLING CHRISTIAN SCOTT

The Mets have handled No. 2 prospect — and top pitching prospect — Christian Scott’s pitch count in a curious fashion since he was recalled on July 3. In his first appearance, the right-hander tossed 99 pitches in their loss to the Nationals, however, in his second outing he was capped 77 pitches on July 8 against the Pittsburgh Pirates.

“There’s no crystal ball and we don’t know exactly what the right answer in terms of pitch count,” said Stearns. “We’ve talked about it. We don’t have an innings limit on Scotty. We’re just trying out best to evaluate how he’s feeling from start to start, month-to-month and go from there.

“In this case, we have a pitcher who hasn’t pitched a lot on normal rest — coming back on four days rest. We kind of knew that one of these first couple of starts we were probably going to push him a little harder and one of them there were probably going to be a little more reigns on him.”

Scott owns a 4.15 ERA in seven starts this season for the Mets.

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