By now, we know that the New York Mets donâ€™t know if they will have Jacob deGrom back this season. His elbow injury has been well-covered, and while he is already throwing, he may not have enough time to return in 2021.
Noah Syndergaard, on the other hand, does have a chance to pitch for the Mets this season, although he will, most likely, do it as a reliever. He recently had a bout with COVID-19, but is now out of quarantine.
Syndergaard threw a bullpen Friday, and Metsâ€™ manager Luis Rojas remains optimistic that the righty, who hasnâ€™t pitched since 2019, will be able to take the ball before the season expires.
The Mets are optimistic he can pitch in 2021
â€œNo date right now,â€ Rojas said, per WFAN. â€œHeâ€™s feeling good. He did a really good jobâ€¦keeping his arm in shape and himself in shape. I talked to him earlier today, heâ€™s pretty optimistic. Letâ€™s see when that is. Even though we lost some time, we feel like he might be able to pitch for us at one point.â€
The pitcher himself is itching to go back there.
â€œThe quarantine was the most difficult part. I kind of had to rig up the mattress in my apartment and keep the arm going. Iâ€™m just itching to get back on the rehab program and get out there,â€ he said.
As for deGrom, there are no news: things remain exactly the same as a couple of days ago.
â€œHeâ€™s still playing catch,â€ Rojas said. â€œI think you guys heard Sandy the other day say it might be through the end of the seasonâ€¦letâ€™s see how he progresses on the distancing. Today was 90 feet. He threw 120 the other dayâ€¦weâ€™ll see how he goes off the slope and weâ€™ll start talking about dates and whatâ€™s gonna happen.â€