As mentioned in a recent update by Betsy Helfand of the Las Vegas Review Journal, outfielder Bryce Brentz is finally beginning his rehab and could join the 51s as soon as Wednesday when they travel to Omaha.
Brentz has been out since May 6 when he fouled a ball off his foot, and it was announced that he had a fracture. He played his first rehab game on Saturday for the GCL Mets, going 0-3 with two strikeouts. He was having a solid year for the 51s at the time of the injury, batting .271/.336/.542 in 29 games.
Helfand also mentioned that right-handed reliever Logan Taylor is nearing a return after being out since May 21 with a “flare-up in his elbow,” according to manager Tony DeFrancesco. Taylor just began his rehab as well with the GCL Mets. He has appeared in two games and thrown three scoreless innings with four strikeouts, one walk, and no hits allowed. He should be back with the 51s shortly.
Fellow right-handed reliever Eric Hanhold has had an oblique issue since June 17. He threw a simulated game recently, and is scheduled to throw another one on Monday. He had a 2.84 ERA in 17 games with Binghamton and a 9.00 ERA in seven games with Las Vegas. Outfielder Ezequiel Carrera also has an oblique strain, but there is still no timetable for his return.
Additionally, Helfand reported that according to DeFrancesco, infielder Gavin Cecchini still hasn’t started doing baseball activity. Cecchini was hit by a pitch on the foot on May 9 and reportedly had a bad bruise, and has been out of baseball activities for much longer than expected. Cecchini was having a solid bounce back season, hitting .294/.342/.468 in 30 games.