Mets: Noah Syndergaard inching closer to a return

Andres Chavez
New York Mets, Noah Syndergaard
Jul 18, 2019; San Francisco, CA, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Noah Syndergaard (34) pitches the ball against the San Francisco Giants during the first inning at Oracle Park. Mandatory Credit: Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports

By now, we know that the New York Mets don’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 Mets’ manager Luis Rojas remains optimistic that the righty, who hasn’t pitched since 2019, will be able to take the ball before the season expires.

The Mets are optimistic he can pitch in 2021

“No date right now,” Rojas said, per WFAN. “He’s feeling good. He did a really good job…keeping his arm in shape and himself in shape. I talked to him earlier today, he’s pretty optimistic. Let’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.”

The pitcher himself is itching to go back there.

“The quarantine was the most difficult part. I kind of had to rig up the mattress in my apartment and keep the arm going. I’m just itching to get back on the rehab program and get out there,” he said.

As for deGrom, there are no news: things remain exactly the same as a couple of days ago.

 

“He’s still playing catch,” Rojas said. “I think you guys heard Sandy the other day say it might be through the end of the season…let’s see how he progresses on the distancing. Today was 90 feet. He threw 120 the other day…we’ll see how he goes off the slope and we’ll start talking about dates and what’s gonna happen.”