New York Mets starting pitcher Marcus Stroman has opted out of the remainder of the 2020 MLB season, according to multiple reports. Joel Sherman of the New York Post reports that "Stroman says it is not about his calf injury. Only about COVID-19. Said it was 'incredibly hard' to come to this decision." (Joel Sherman on Twitter)
Stroman had yet to appear in a game for the Mets this season but was working his way back from calf injury and was nearing a return. The veteran right-hander also reportedly said that "outbreaks on Cardinals/Marlins, concern about playing in Miami, seeing COVID numbers spike across the country factored into the decision," according to Sherman. With Stroman opting out, David Peterson figures to stick in the starting rotation.