Mets' Carlos Mendoza gives updates on Kodai Senga and Harrison Bader

Before the start of Thursday’s game against the Washington Nationals, Mets manager Carlos Mendoza gave updates on some of his injured players.

After pitching 2.2 innings in his first rehab assignment at High-A Brooklyn, not allowing a single hit and making six strikeouts, Kodai Senga will “hopefully” host a bullpen session in the next three days.

“Good. All reports are positive,” Mendoza said of Senga's performance. “He pitched well, obviously the speed was there, he used all his shots, so yeah, everything is going in the right direction.”

Senga, who reached 98 mph on his fastball, threw 35 pitches in his start. The plan for his next appearance, which Mendoza said will be at Triple-A Syracuse, is for the right-hander to throw around 60 pitches. The goal for Senga is to be at 75-80 pitches when he eventually returns to the major leagues.

Mendoza also mentioned that he and pitching coach Jeremy Hefner have to look at the schedules to come up with a plan for their pitcher. With All-Star breaks coming up soon in all the minor leagues, there's a chance Senga will incorporate simulated games to stay on track.

In the meantime, Harrison Bader stayed out of the lineup Thursday, although the captain said his center fielder was feeling better. After no baseball activity on Wednesday, Bader went outside and tested things out before Thursday's game.

“Hopefully he will be a player for us today,” said Mendoza.

JD Martinez is also not in the squad on Thursday, but Mendoza said it was simply a day off for the 36-year-old due to the “quick change” to 11:05 a.m.

After Martinez missed Tuesday's game due to an ankle injury, the designated hitter returned to action Wednesday and, according to Mendoza, is doing well.