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Kodai Senga's first year in the majors couldn't have gone much better from an individual standpoint, as he made 29 starts and posted a 2.98 ERA, 1.22 WHIP and 202:77 K:BB across 166.1 innings. He joined the Mets on a three-year, $45 million contract after spending the first 11 years of his career in Japan, and he ended up being a bright spot on what was mostly a disappointing team in Queens. The 31-year-old struggled with walks -- his 11.1 percent walk rate was third worst among qualified starters -- but he helped offset the free passes with a 29.1 percent strikeout rate, 0.92 HR/9 and 80.3 percent left-on-base rate. A 3.87 xERA and 3.77 xFIP are hardly a surprise given his walks, though it's a right shoulder strain that is of utmost concern for prospective fantasy managers. The Mets shut Senga down in February and he will not pick up a baseball "until symptoms subside and strength returns," per president of baseball operations David Stearns.

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2023 43415 166.3 12 7 202 77 2.98 1.22
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  • Mets' Kodai Senga: Looks sharp in latest rehab outing

    Senga (shoulder) struck out three while allowing one earned run on two hits and two walks over 4.2 innings in his rehab start Sunday with Triple-A Syracuse. Senga tossed 67 pitches (41 strikes) in his third rehab outing, and he's now compiled an 0.90 ERA, 0.80 WHIP and 12:4 K:BB in 10 innings between Syracuse and High-A Brooklyn. According to Anthony DiComo of MLB.com, Mets manager Carlos Mendoza has said that club officials will determine the next steps for Senga over the All-Star break. Based on how he's fared during his rehab assignment, Senga looks ready to return from the 60-day injured list, but the Mets may still want him to build up to the 75-to-80 pitch range in another rehab start before he rejoins the big-league rotation.
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  • Mets' Kodai Senga: Moving rehab to Triple-A

    Senga (shoulder) is expected to make his next rehab start with Triple-A Syracuse on Tuesday, Tim Healey of Newsday reports. The 31-year-old threw 35 pitches over 2.2 frames in his previous outing with High-A Brooklyn on Wednesday, and he's expected to build up to about 50 pitches in his next start. The Mets want Senga to be built up to around 75-to-80 pitches before he returns from the injured list, and he's trending toward making his season debut in late July.
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  • Mets' Kodai Senga: Impressive first rehab start

    Senga (shoulder/triceps) struck out six over 2.2 scoreless innings in his first rehab start with High-A Brooklyn on Wednesday. The only runner to reach base against Senga did so on an error, and he induced two groundouts in addition to his six punchouts. It was an encouraging performance from Senga, who threw 35 pitches over his 2.2 frames. He will need at least a couple more rehab starts before rejoining the Mets' rotation for his season debut.
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  • Mets' Kodai Senga: Making rehab start Wednesday

    Senga (shoulder/triceps) will begin a rehab assignment with High-A Brooklyn on Wednesday, Will Sammon of The Athletic reports. Senga is slated to throw about 40 pitches in his first game appearance since he was diagnosed with a right shoulder strain back in February. The right-hander will require multiple rehab outings before returning from the 60-day injured list, but he should be able to make his first start for the Mets before the end of July if all goes well.
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  • Mets' Kodai Senga: Another live BP on tap

    Senga (shoulder/tricep) is scheduled to throw his next live batting practice session later this week, Anthony DiComo of MLB.com reports. While facing hitters Sunday in Port St. Lucie, Fla. for the first time since early May, Senga tossed 22 pitches. He's scheduled to rejoin the Mets in New York this week, and assuming his arm responded well to Sunday's workout, he'll throw another live BP within the next few days. Senga was placed on the injured list coming out of spring training with a shoulder capsule strain and advanced to mound work in late April before having his throwing program shut down when he experienced tricep tightness and nerve inflammation. He's since resumed ramping back up but isn't expected to be ready to make his 2024 debut with the Mets until after the All-Star break.
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  • Mets' Kodai Senga: Facing hitters Sunday

    Senga (shoulder) will throw live batting practice Sunday, Abbey Mastracco of the New York Daily News reports. Senga has had no issues throwing bullpen sessions over the last several days, so he will now graduate to throwing 20 pitches against hitters at the Mets' complex in Florida. Assuming all goes well, the 31-year-old righty will likely throw another few live sessions before being cleared to begin a rehab assignment with one of the Mets' minor-league affiliates.
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  • Mets' Kodai Senga: Could face hitters soon

    Senga (shoulder/triceps) threw another bullpen session Wednesday, and manager Carlos Mendoza said afterward that the right-hander's next step could be facing hitters in live batting practice, Julian Guilarte of SI.com reports. The Mets will likely re-evaluate Senga on Thursday and Friday, but if he feels fine physically coming out of his latest bullpen session, expect him to gain clearance to face hitters. Senga has been on the injured list all season, first because of a right posterior shoulder capsule strain before he experienced right triceps inflammation in late May.
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  • Mets' Kodai Senga: Tosses bullpen session

    Senga (shoulder/triceps) threw a two-inning bullpen session Saturday, Abbey Mastracco of the New York Daily News reports. Senga was able to throw more than 30 pitches in the session and he's expected to throw a shorter one next week. The right-hander has been slowly working his way back from a posterior right capsule strain and then a subsequent triceps injury, and he's yet to make his season debut. Senga has already been ruled out for the first half of the season, but if he can build on Saturday's session next week, he'll remain on track to return relatively soon following the All-Star break.
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  • Mets' Kodai Senga: Mound work coming soon

    Senga (shoulder) is expected to throw a bullpen session Monday or Tuesday, Mike Puma of the New York Post reports. Senga recently had a setback in his recovery from a right shoulder injury when he experienced some tightness in his triceps. He was shut down for a bit after being given a cortisone injection, but he's almost ready to resume mound work. The expectation is that Senga won't make his season debut until after the All-Star break.
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  • Mets' Kodai Senga: Likely out until All-Star break

    Senga (shoulder) may not be ready to return from the 60-day injured list until after the All-Star break, Will Sammon of The Athletic reports. The right-hander has had a couple delays and setbacks during his recovery from a posterior right capsule strain. After getting a cortisone injection late last week, Senga played catch on flat ground for the first time Tuesday, per Anthony DiComo of MLB.com. Still, the 31-year-old is essentially back to square one with his throwing program. Given that Senga will likely need about six weeks to ramp back up and get game ready, a mid-July return would seem to be the best-case scenario. Manager Carlos Mendoza acknowledged Monday that it's difficult to put a timeline on Senga's return from the IL.
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  • Mets' Kodai Senga: Dealing with triceps tightness

    Senga (shoulder) did not throw a scheduled bullpen session Sunday due to right triceps tightness, Anthony DiComo of MLB.com reports. Senga had seemingly been making good progress recently as he works his way back from a right posterior shoulder capsule strain, but he's now encountered another speed bump. The hope is that he'll be ready to throw off the mound later this week, but the Mets will likely wait until the right-hander is pain-free before he resumes a throwing program.
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  • Mets' Kodai Senga: Positive strides in bullpen session

    Mets president of baseball operations David Stearns said Thursday in an interview with SportsNet New York that Senga (shoulder) recently had "a good bullpen" session where he was "making some strides." Senga had to pull back on facing hitters while he dealt with mechanical issues, but he and the Mets were happy with how his last throwing session went. Stearns said he wasn't sure exactly when Senga would be ready to begin a rehab assignment, but it could happen relatively soon. The right-hander has been sidelined all season with a right posterior shoulder capsule strain.
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  • Mets' Kodai Senga: Facing hitters Monday

    Senga (shoulder) threw an up-and-down bullpen session Thursday and is slated to face hitters Monday, Anthony DiComo of MLB.com reports. It will be the right-hander's first time facing hitters since he was diagnosed with a shoulder capsule strain back in late February. Senga still faces a long road ahead, but he's making progress and is closing in on a rehab assignment. He is on the 60-day injured list and not eligible for activation until late May.
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  • Mets' Kodai Senga: Poised for mound work

    Mets manager Carlos Mendoza said Saturday that Senga (shoulder) has resumed throwing from 120 feet and should begin playing catch off a mound this week, Tim Britton of The Athletic reports. The right-hander was diagnosed with a shoulder strain at the start of training camp, and the Mets have been very cautious with his recovery so far. Senga's still been making progress though, and beginning to throw off a mound will be a big step. He'll be eligible to come off the 60-day injured list near the end of May, and at this stage that appears to be a realistic timeline for his 2024 debut.
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  • Mets' Kodai Senga: Shifts to 60-day IL

    The Mets transferred Senga (shoulder) from the 15-day injured list to the 60-day IL on Wednesday. Senga's move to the 60-day IL doesn't necessarily indicate that he's hit a setback in his recovery from a right posterior shoulder capsule strain since he resumed throwing during the final week of March, though manager Carlos Mendoza noted Tuesday that the right-hander has yet to advance to mound work. Instead, Senga is essentially having to go through his own version of spring training all over again, so he'll be in store for an extensive ramp-up period that will now last until at least late May as a result of him being transferred to the 60-day IL. The transaction enabled the Mets to open up a spot on the 40-man roster for lefty reliever Tyler Jay, whose contract was selected from Triple-A Syracuse ahead of Wednesday's game in Atlanta.
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  • Mets' Kodai Senga: Set to start throwing soon

    Mets manager Carlos Mendoza said Thursday that Senga (shoulder) will begin throwing within the next week, Tim Healey of Newsday reports. Senga was cleared to begin activities following an MRI and a visit with doctors Tuesday. Once the right-hander passes the necessary strength tests, he will begin throwing. Healey reports that Senga's ramp-up will likely take "at least" six weeks, so a return to the Mets rotation probably won't come until sometime in May, if not later. Senga is working his way back from a moderate posterior capsule strain in his right shoulder.
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  • Mets' Kodai Senga: Battling arm fatigue

    Mets manager Carlos Mendoza said that Senga experienced arm fatigue during his side session Tuesday and is being evaluated by the training staff, Mike Puma of the New York Post reports. Mendoza didn't sound too concerned that Senga was dealing with an injury that could threaten his availability for the start of the season, but the Mets likely won't know the full extent of the issue until he's evaluated further. Senga walked 11.1 percent of the batters he faced during his first season in the majors in 2023, but he otherwise made a smooth transition from Nippon Professional Baseball to MLB, pitching to a 2.98 ERA and 1.22 WHIP while striking out 202 batters over 166.1 innings. The Mets are counting on Senga to serve as the clear No. 1 starter in 2024 after the team shipped out Max Scherzer and Justin Verlander in midseason deals last summer.
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  • Mets' Kodai Senga: Hurls eighth straight quality start

    Senga (12-7) earned the win over Miami on Wednesday, allowing two runs on seven hits and two walks while striking out three batters over six innings. Senga's three punchouts were his fewest in nearly two months, but that didn't prevent him from picking up his second straight victory and eighth consecutive quality start. The Japanese hurler has been dominant during the latter stretch, posting a 2.31 ERA, 1.07 WHIP and 58:19 K:BB over 50.2 frames while going 5-1. Senga continues to hand out plenty of free passes -- he's issued multiple walks in 10 straight outings, and his 4.1 BB/9 on the season is fifth-highest among qualified starters -- but he's proven to be a wise offseason signing by the Mets and is increasing his draft stock in fantasy next season with his late-season excellence.
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  • Mets' Kodai Senga: Records 10 punchouts in win

    Senga (11-7) earned the win Thursday, striking out 10 while allowing two hits and two walks over six scoreless frames in a 11-1 victory over the Diamondbacks. Senga was masterful Thursday, surrendering just two hits -- a pair of singles -- and retiring 13 consecutive Diamondbacks along the way. The 30-year-old tallied his fifth double-digit strikeout effort of the campaign and his third in four starts. Senga has limited opponents to three or fewer earned runs in 14-straight outings dating back to June 23, earning nine quality starts with a 2.46 ERA, 1.11 WHIP and 104:31 K:BB across 84 innings during that stretch. He will look to keep the momentum in his next outing, which is tentatively scheduled for next week in Miami.
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  • Mets' Kodai Senga: Set for five more starts

    Senga is expected to make five more starts this season as the Mets keep an eye on his workload, Tim Britton and Will Sammon of The Athletic report. New York plays 17 straight days beginning Sept. 8, at which point the team will shift to a six-man rotation -- making it easier to manage Senga's innings in his first North American campaign. He threw 162 innings in his final campaign for Fukuoka in the NPB, and is currently at 136.1 innings in 2023, along with a 3.17 ERA, 1.24 WHIP and strong 28.5 percent strikeout rate against an 11.1 percent walk rate. Senga is expected to make the first of those September starts Friday, at home against the Mariners.
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