Aug. 10 (UPI) — New York Mets beginning pitcher Marcus Stroman has opted out of the 2020 MLB season as a result of of issues associated to the coronavirus pandemic.

Stroman, whose restoration from a torn left calf muscle was nearly full, introduced his determination Monday on social media. He was in line to doubtlessly make his season debut for the Mets subsequent week in opposition to the Miami Marlins.

“After a lot consideration and dialogue with my household, I’ve made the troublesome determination to choose out of the rest of the 2020 season,” Stroman mentioned. “With all of the unknowns and uncertainty because of the pandemic, that is the perfect determination for me and my household.

“I respect the Mets group for his or her assist and understanding, and stay up for returning to baseball subsequent season.”

Stroman, who’s scheduled to turn out to be a free agent after the 2020 season, turns into the second Mets participant to choose out this month. Former All-Star outfielder Yoenis Cespedes left the group Aug. 2.

Stroman’s determination got here 4 days after he tossed 85 pitches in his second simulated recreation and a day earlier than he was set to throw one other simulated recreation.

Mets supervisor Luis Rojas mentioned he supported Stroman’s selection however was shocked.

“He needed to do one other one simply to play it secure and see how he felt coming out of it after which come be part of us,” Rojas informed reporters Monday. “However, as soon as once more, we absolutely assist him.”

Stroman will now go on the restricted checklist, permitting the Mets to clear a spot on their 40-man roster. He was scheduled to earn $4.Four million — a prorated quantity of the one-year, $12 million contract he signed in January — this season.

Stroman, an All-Star choice in 2019, posted a 4-2 document and three.77 ERA in 11 begins for the Mets final season.

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