Marcus Stroman's recovery from a torn left calf muscle was almost complete, and he was in line to possibly make his season debut for the New York Mets next week against the Miami Marlins. ''Obviously, you see the Cardinals, the Marlins, you see spikes everywhere in the country, you see protocols not being handled properly from citizens everywhere,'' Stroman said during a Zoom call. Stroman, scheduled to become a free agent after the season, is the second Mets player to opt out this month.
Mike Trout is beginning to believe there might be something to the notion of having added power after the birth of a child. Trout homered twice Monday night, including a tiebreaking shot in the eighth inning, as the Los Angeles Angels rallied from an early five-run deficit for a 10-9 victory that snapped the Oakland Athletics' nine-game winning streak. With three hits in the series opener, Trout is 11 for 30 with six home runs and 11 RBIs in the past seven games.