Mets’ Noah Syndergaard could skip minor league assignment and rejoin big league team

The New York Mets, losers of eight of their last eleven games, have ceded a lot of ground in the NL East division race even though they won on Sunday. They are currently 73-77, third in the table and 5.5 games behind the leaders, the Atlanta Braves.

The situation isn’t much better in the Wild Card race, either, so the Mets have no choice but to win most of their remaining games and hope for the Braves (and the Philadelphia Phillies) to slide.

Some help could be on the way. Jacob deGrom is throwing from a mound and should not be far from a return, while Noah Syndergaard, who underwent Tommy John surgery last spring, is also on his way back.

Syndergaard suffered a setback in late May, when he nursed right elbow inflammation that prevented him from throwing for six weeks. After slowly, but surely working his way back to New York, he threw 15-20 pitches during a live BP session on Sunday, in what was his second time facing hitters since a COVID-19 diagnosis forced him to quarantine for 10 days.

The Mets are still weighing their options

According to the Mets’ official site, they are now “considering activating Syndergaard without sending him back on a Minor League rehab assignment, though there’s a chance they’ll play it safe and test him in a more controlled Minors environment instead. Either way, Syndergaard has a decent shot of returning on the Mets’ upcoming road trip through Boston and Milwaukee.”

The Mets’ bullpen hasn’t been bad in 2021, but it could definitely use a spark such as the one Syndergaard can definitely provide.

There is an issue, though: the Mets will not let him throw sliders and curveballs, as they generate too much stress in his right arm. That has been the advice from doctors and specialists to Syndergaard. Instead, he will be a two-pitch reliever in the stretch run: he will only throw fastballs and changeups.

Mets: Noah Syndergaard inching closer to a return

New York Mets, Noah Syndergaard

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.”

Mets’ Noah Syndergaard expected to take huge step towards a return

New York Mets, Noah Syndergaard

The New York Mets’ season is going south in a hurry. The team has, before Tuesday’s games, lost seven of their last ten contests, and they are currently in the midst of a rough stretch in the calendar, seeing a lot of the Los Angeles Dodgers and the San Francisco Giants.

The good thing for the Mets is that despite their 59-59 record, they are still relatively close to a playoff spot via the NL East top spot. New York is just 3.5 games behind the Atlanta Braves for the division lead.

One potential avenue to improve the team would be getting some of the injured players back, most notably Jacob deGrom and Noah Syndergaard. The latter was close to returning in June-July from his Tommy John surgery performed last spring, but suffered a setback that pushed back his timeline.

At this point, the Mets’ fireballer is scheduled to throw live batting practice on Tuesday for the first time since resuming his rehab, according to Mike Puma of The New York Post.

The Mets will proceed cautiously

He needs to go through that step without consequences for him to restart a rehab assignment. Per SNY, the length of that assignment, should he make it that far, would depend on the role Syndergaard will fulfill with the Mets.

It should be noted that back on July 26, Mets’ acting general manager Zack Scott mentioned the possibility of Syndergaard returning as a reliever instead of as a starter. The executive confirmed that sentiment in August.

If he returns with the idea of helping in the bullpen in mind, he could get back to the Mets’ first team much faster than if he is stretched out to be a rotation piece. New York could use an upgrade in both areas.

In case he returns as a reliever, the Mets could be looking at an early September return. Mid-September is more likely if he comes back as a starter.

Mets’ rehabbing star could pitch out of the bullpen upon return

New York Mets, Noah Syndergaard

The New York Mets need all the help they can get, and Noah Syndergaard, currently rehabbing from Tommy John surgery performed last spring, should be ready to return in September after experiencing a setback in June.

He is now getting closer to helping the Mets, although he is still not quite there. However, according to general manager Zack Scott, he may not return as a starter.

In late July, Scott talked about the possibility of Thor coming back as a reliever. Theoretically, it would mean a faster return given that he won’t have to stretch out to five or six innings before being slotted in the Mets’ rotation.

The acting GM reiterated that point on August 10. He said, according to SNY:

“He’s someone that obviously has a lot of talent, has the potential to impact the game, and at this point of the year, we just mentioned sense of urgency, coming in and contributing in a shorter relief outing, whether that’s a two or three inning outing or whatever it may be, I think getting him to help the big league club is the priority when you get down to these last couple months of the season. … Getting him back in September in a role where he can help the club in relief would be a good thing for us to do.”

The Mets’ pitcher is close to returning

The pitcher is very close to taking an enormous step in his road back: he will, according to Mets’ manager Luis Rojas, face hitters soon.

After that, he will need to go on a rehab assignment and face game situations. It looks like Syndergaard will get to return to the Mets after all the work he has put on during his rehab, but it may be in an unconventional role for him.

Additionally, if Jacob deGrom returns from his own injury, the Mets’ biggest need pitching-wise would be the bullpen. Sending Syndergaard there seems like a logical move.

Mets have good news to share on Carlos Carrasco and Noah Syndergaard

The New York Mets have been without two of their top pitchers, Carlos Carrasco and Noah Syndergaard, for the whole season to this point. The former has dealt with a torn hamstring for months, and the latter recently encountered a setback in his recovery from Tommy John surgery.

However, the Mets had good news to share this weekend, as both pitchers were spotted in uniform at Yankee Stadium, when they are playing through Sunday, doing baseball activities.

The Mets shut down Syndergaard with tightness in his elbow during a rehab start on May 25. At the time, they estimated he would need to stop throwing for six weeks. Instead, he was already playing catch about a month later.

Syndergaard was throwing a baseball at Yankee Stadium on Saturday, and has been playing catch off flat ground for about a week, per Mets manager Luis Rojas.

The Mets have a target date for Syndergaard

The skipper announced that the Mets are targeting September 1 as the date for Syndergaard’s return, and it seems feasible if he has no further setbacks.

Carrasco, meanwhile, started throwing bullpen sessions late last month, and he is already in the ramp-up phase of his recovery from a torn hamstring. He had to wait until the muscles on his legs were strong enough to endure the rigors of pitching, but fortunately for the Mets, he is already there.

If everything goes according to the plan, he’ll start a rehab assignment in mid-July and return around the end of the month. “Feels good, looks good, stuff is great,” Rojas said. “But this is where he’s ramping up.”

The Mets are expected to pursue starting pitching help around the trade deadline, which is in July 30, but if they are able to get back the best versions of Carrasco and Syndergaard, that would go a long way into securing some necessary pitching depth for the stretch run.

New York Mets Injury Report (6/7/21)

The New York Mets roster is riddled with injuries, but they somehow keep finding ways to win games. Jacob deGrom and Pete Alonso came back during the road trip; who else is close to joining them back on the big league roster?

Luis Guillorme is probably the next Met to return from the IL after over two months on the sidelines with a strained oblique. While Jonathan Villar and Jose Peraza have been serviceable with the bat, Guillorme’s return brings elite defense back to the infield. Guillorme was a modest 6-for-18 before his injury and should get plenty of playing time when he returns.

Hand Issues

J.D. Davis has quickly become a forgotten man thanks to his sprained middle finger on his left hand. He is still wearing a split and is not close to restarting his rehab. Davis has been out since May 1 and was one of the most productive Mets hitters before the injury. He was hitting .390 with two home runs and seven RBIs, and there is still no timetable for his return.

Brandon Nimmo is also dealing with a hand issue, but his is a bone bruise on his finger. Nimmo has begun to swing lightly but is not close to game action. He could not hit off a tee or take soft toss because of the bruised finger, which still leaves his return to action as an unknown.

Albert Almora Jr. is nearing a rehab assignment as he works back from a shoulder contusion he suffered when running into the Citi Field wall on May 11. Even when healthy, Almora’s days could be numbered if they feel Billy McKinney is worth holding on to over him.

Hamstring Injuries

Michael Conforto took batting practice on Saturday, which is a very encouraging sign after his hamstring injury on May 16. His timetable to return is still closer to the end of June, and the Mets would be glad to welcome back his bat. Conforto was hitting just .230 but had a .356 on-base percentage before landing on the IL.

Jeff McNeil is also dealing with a strained hamstring and could begin a rehab assignment this week. McNeil batted just .242 before his injury, but his versatility to play different positions will be needed once he is healthy again.

Tommy Hunter is dealing with a back issue and still has no timetable for his return. He was a key member of the bullpen for a short time when he was healthy. Hunter pitched eight shutout innings over four games, working as an opener once.

Johneshwy Fargas is “feeling better” but still has not done much rehab for his shoulder injury. Fargas is another player who could be without a roster spot once he is healthy.

See You Soon?

Noah Syndergaard has been shut down for six weeks, which means he will not pick up a baseball again until July. Syndergaard had inflammation in his right elbow after making a couple of rehab outings. The news is devastating for a pitching start that is always missing multiple key arms.

Carlos Carrasco is one of those critical arms the Mets are missing and is quickly becoming the pitching version of Jed Lowrie. A combination of elbow soreness and hamstring issues have significantly slowed down his rehab assignment. Carrasco was pitching 4-5 innings a month ago, and then his injuries forced the Mets to shut him down. At this point, we may see Syndergaard return to the Citi Field mound before Carrasco makes his debut.

 

 

Mets’ Syndergaard has no structural damage in elbow, but his season may be in jeopardy

New York Mets, Noah Syndergaard

The New York Mets can’t seem to get any injury-related good news this week. At least ace Jacob deGrom returned this week and reported no setbacks following a win against the Colorado Rockies, because everybody else on the roster seems to be falling apart.

After revealing that Michael Conforto and Jeff McNeil’s hamstring strains, plus Carlos Carrasco’s hamstring tear, will keep them all sidelined until at least late June, the Mets updated pitcher Noah Syndergaard’s status after he left his rehab start this week in Low-A St. Lucie after just one inning.

Syndergaard reported discomfort in his right elbow, which was surgically repaired last year (Tommy John reconstruction). The plan was for him to throw four or five innings in the start, but was removed after one as he didn’t want to take any chances.

The Mets are shutting him down for a month and a half

The Mets, as a result, are reportedly shutting him down for six more weeks, in which Syndergaard will not be able to throw. The good news is that an MRI showed no structural damage, which qualifies as a positive development since he has a chance to pitch this year.

To contextualize the next steps for the Mets’ righty, he will not be allowed to even throw a baseball until after the All-Star break. After that, he may start ramping up again to see how his elbow responds.

Mets’ manager Luis Rojas said on Thursday that the team is ‘praying’ that Syndergaard is able to pitch this season. If not, then Thor may have already thrown his last pitch as a member of the Mets, since he is scheduled to become a free agent after the season.

The Mets’ rotation is currently in shambles, as Taijuan Walker, Syndergaard, and Carrasco are on the shelf. As far as position players go, the situation is even worse, with McNeil, Conforto, Pete Alonso, Brandon Nimmo, JD Davis, Dominic Smith, Kevin Pillar, Albert Almora Jr., and other key performers currently sidelined.

Mets’ recovering star excels in rehab start; Jacob deGrom will make one on Thursday

The New York Mets have been hit hard by the injury bug in recent days, but not everything is bad news. Noah Syndergaard, who is on the final stages of his Tommy John surgery recovery, had his first rehab start on Wednesday, for Class-A Port St. Lucie.

The stellar right-hander was very good on Wednesday, covering four innings in his first official start in more than a year. He struck out five foes and allowed just a single run on one hit. Reports indicate that he sat on the 93-95 mph range, touching 97. That velocity is still a tick or two below his peak mark, but it represents an extremely positive number for this stage.

As for his potential return date, the Mets would like to have Syndergaard back by mid-June, but late-June would be a more realistic target as long as there are no setbacks in the way.

Since Taijuan Walker is also going to the injured list with left side soreness, the Mets needed some good news on the injury front when it comes to pitchers.

The Mets’ ace will make a rehab start of his own on Thursday

Another good news is the current status of Mets’ ace Jacob deGrom, who has been sidelined with right side soreness.

The two-time NL Cy Young Award winner, according to the Mets’ official site, felt good after throwing a bullpen session Tuesday and will make a rehab start for the Low-A St. Lucie Mets on Thursday. The announcement was made by manager Luis Rojas.

If the Mets deem his start successful, deGrom will return from the injured list next week.

The Mets are targeting a return for the series against the Colorado Rockies.

Right now, the Mets could almost field a rotation of injured players, with deGrom, Walker, Syndergaard, and Carlos Carrasco, currently rehabbing from a torn hamstring.

Mets: Syndergaard shockingly defends Bauer and criticizes MLB’s ‘stupid’ unwritten rules

New York Mets, Noah Syndergaard

New York Mets’ starter Noah Syndergaard is currently rehabbing from Tommy John surgery, and is an option to rejoin the tea before the All-Star break. He would be a welcomed addition to a rotation that is already missing Carlos Carrasco and Jacob deGrom.

While he is not with the major league team, Syndergaard has been active in social media, being the center of a spat with fellow pitcher Trevor Bauer a few weeks ago on Twitter. He has also given interviews to a few media sectors, and spoke with GQ about the Bauer-Tatis issue that occurred recently, when the latter made fun of the former after hitting two home runs off the flamboyant pitcher.

This time, the Mets’ pitcher sided with Bauer to criticize the old school thinking that the latter should have been taking matters into his own hands and hit Tatis with a pitch after his “spicy” home run celebrations, clearly targeted at Bauer.

Basically, Syndergaard, who will be a free agent after the season if the Mets fail to sign him to a long-term contract, approved trash talking and condemned the “unwritten rules” that punish players for celebrating too effusively.

The Mets’ Syndergaard approves trash talking

Per NJ Advance Media, Syndergaard clarified that despite the heated Twitter exchange with Bauer, he doesn’t have a ‘beef’ with him (”I wouldn’t put too much effort into that”). Instead, Thor thinks the Bauer-Tatis exchange is what baseball needs.

“I think baseball has gotten soft, too. I think there should be some more s**t-talking. …. I think that’s awesome. I agree with Bauer, that does not warrant somebody to get thrown at.”

“I think they’re pretty stupid, to be honest. Anything unwritten sounds pretty stupid. I think it’s very old school, and I think there needs to be a new school approach.”

The Mets know they have quite the intense on-the-mound competitor in Syndergaard, and they hope to have him back soon.

New York Mets Injury Report (April 26, 2021)

The New York Mets have had relatively good luck with injuries to start the season and even saw a bullpen arm leave the injured list over the weekend. Drew Smith left the 10-day IL and went to the Mets alternate site. The right-handed reliever was dealing with shoulder soreness after having an excellent spring training. Smith only allowed one hit in three innings with the same number of strikeouts and figures to rejoin the bullpen when fully healthy.

Carlos Carrasco is progressing nicely from the hamstring tear he suffered in spring training. On Saturday, Carrasco pitched four innings without any issues for the second consecutive outing. Since Carrasco does not have any lingering problems, the focus has shifted toward getting himself ready to make a full start when he rejoins the roster. Manager Luis Rojas said Carrasco is expected to make his Mets debut during the second week of May.

Seth Lugo is being treated very carefully as he works his way back from elbow surgery. He has begun to throw bullpen sessions and expects to throw live bp within the next couple of weeks. The original timeline had Lugo set to return in June, but he can return towards the end of May at his current pace. Since Lugo’s focus is relief pitching, there is no need to ramp him up to throw more than two innings.

Thor Inching Back

On Saturday, Noah Syndergaard pitched in an intersquad game for the first time. Syndergaard’s fastball is not at 100 mph yet, but a stellar 97 is still plenty for Thor. Rojas and pitching coach Jeremy Hefner were pleased with what they saw in the one-inning outing. Syndergaard threw all of his pitches to the five batters he faced. For the next six weeks, Syndergaard will go through a regular spring training atmosphere to get himself ready to pitch every fifth day. If Syndergaard progresses as expected, he will return to the mound in mid-June.

Dellin Betances has proven to be the pitching version of Jed Lowrie as he landed on the 60-day IL with a right shoulder impingement. He made one appearance this season before heading to the IL. Betances struggled to find his velocity or the strike zone during the spring, making him impossible to use in any critical situation. Whether he is actually injured or not, the Mets are buying themselves time to determine if Betances actually has anything left in the tank.