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.

New York Mets: Noah Syndergaard Continues Progressing In His Rehab

Noah Syndergaard is continuing to progress nicely as he works himself back from Tommy John Surgery. Sunday was an important evaluation day for Thor and the New York Mets as he hit a key checkpoint in his recovery.

Syndergaard fiddled breaking stuff for the first time since surgery. He only threw three sliders as the Mets are taking baby steps towards bringing him back to the rotation.

Syndergaard was exactly 11 months removed from the operation and is still on a promising road to a complete recovery. The Mets also added 2020 draft pick, J.T. Ginn, to their spring training roster. Ginn also underwent TJS and threw with Syndergaard last summer.

“Sometimes when you feel good, you want to do too much, and when you don’t feel good, you want to do less,” Pitching Coach and two-time TJ recipient Jeremy Hefner said. “But trying to be as consistent and constant as possible will get a better outcome at the end of this thing.”

Syndergaard will retake the mound on Wednesday for another bullpen session. He will stick to a combination of his fastball, sinker, and change-up, continuing with a “one step at a time” mindset. There is no timetable for Syndergaard to face live batters at the moment, and there are no expectations for him to pitch in a spring training game.

New York Mets: Weighing the Possibility of a Six-Man Rotation

New York Mets, Luis Rojas

Depth was the top priority during the New York Mets offseason, and it shows the most with their rotation options. With the new depth, they consider using six starting pitchers with Taijuan Walker joining the rotation.

We know the top three starters are Jacob deGrom, Carlos Carrasco, and Marcus Stroman, with Walker as the fourth. David Peterson has the upper hand on Joey Lucchesi and Jordan Yamamoto going into camp, but all three are fighting for the last rotation spot.

The Mets might look to conserve Peterson’s innings because he only has two seasons over 100 in the minors with a career-high of 128. Around baseball, teams are considering the extra starter because of the shortened 2020 season. Pitchers will get extra rest without making shorter starts, and it lessens the innings jump from last season.

All five Mets starters were healthy in 2020 and are amongst the fittest in the sport. Despite the great physiques, the Mets expect to play deep into October. A long playoff run requires pitchers to log 20-40 high-leverage innings. Pitchers like Chris Sale, Nathan Eovaldi, and Max Scherzer saw these innings’ taxing effect the following year. If Lucchesi or Yamamoto pitches well in spring training, the Mets should not be afraid to tack on another starter.

Syndergaard’s Return 

If the Mets have a six-man rotation to being the season, Syndergaard would slide right in and conserve innings for the rest of the rotation. With a five-man rotation, he would tack on and potentially save the Mets from holding Peterson back in September. The one drawback is the one less arm in the bullpen, but a strong rotation solves any bullpen issues.

In October, the Mets would love a rotation of deGrom, Carrasco, Stroman, and Syndergaard. Allowing Syndergaard to save his innings early in the season will allow him to avoid injury and stay fresh for a playoff run.

Despite missing out on an expensive free agent, the Mets finally have starting pitching depth with respectable MLB track records. This accolade alone deserves an A grade for the offseason.

 

New York Mets: Passing On Springer Helps Team Bolster Their Future

New York Yankees, Marcus Stroman

The New York Mets missed out on their top center field target in George Springer but are still in a great spot. They avoided a risky long-term deal and gave themselves flexibility with the future of their young stars for 2022 and beyond.

A feeling of disappointment was the initial reaction to missing out on Springer, but the deal’s specifics soothed the pain. Combining Springer’s and Robinson Cano‘s AAV for the 2022 season and beyond would have made it extremely tough to lock up Michael Conforto and Francisco Lindor to long-term deals. It also makes re-signing Marcus Stroman and Noah Syndergaard a harder task.

Full-Time Center Fielder?

There is a good chance that Springer becomes a full-time corner outfielder before he is halfway through the contract. Springer has never played more than 80 games in center field and is slightly above average defensively. He would have been an immediate upgrade to center field defense, but Springer will likely fall off with the glove as the contract goes on. Putting Jackie Bradley Jr. in center field puts a bow on top of a brand new Mets defense.

Sustained success was one of Steve Cohen and Sandy Alderson’s biggest points of emphasis. Ensuring Lindor and Conforto remain in Queens for the rest of their career is the starting point of consistent winning seasons. Retaining pitchers like Stroman and Syndergaard are next, along with retaining their other young stars.

New York Mets: How To Handle Noah Syndergaard’s Return

The 2021 New York Mets hope a healthy Noah Syndergaard returns to his pre-Tommy John Surgery form. In his prime, Thor was one of the most consistent pitchers in baseball, and the Mets need his production when he returns. As the Mets hope to revamp their rotation, they have to figure out where Syndergaard fits when he returns.

Syndergaard’s realistic return is after the All-Star break, but any point in June is still a possibility. Even a June return allows Syndergaard to pitch a full season without worrying about surpassing an innings limit. This plan works if the Mets have four starters, with a fifth who can move to the bullpen once Syndergaard returns.

A six-man rotation or moving Syndergaard to the bullpen is also a possibility. The workload would not be a worry, and he can work as another “Seth Lugo” type in the bullpen. Syndergaard could still make a handful of starts, but if the rotation is pitching well, they can keep him in the bullpen. The last few World Series winners have a starting pitcher who dominates out of the bullpen, and Syndergaard fits that mold.

Getting Syndergaard healthy and back to his 2016 production would give the Mets a tremendous rotation. Ideally, Syndergaard wants to pitch in the rotation but showing the ability to help in the rotation and bullpen would boost his stock. In any situation, adding Syndergaard to the pitching staff is a welcomed sight.

New York Mets avoid arbitration with injured pitching star

New York Mets, Noah Syndergaard

The New York Mets are putting together a very competitive team for the 2021 season, which will be the first under new owner Steve Cohen. He and team president Sandy Alderson are working not only to bring new talent to the roster, but also to keep the existing players happy and engaged.

In their latest move with next season in mind, the New York Mets avoided the arbitration process with star pitcher Noah Syndergaard, as both parties agreed to a one-year, $9.7 million contract, per USA Today’s Bob Nightengale.

The $9.7 million salary is what he made through arbitration last winter, according to Rotoworld. The Mets’ starter, however, is currently rehabbing from Tommy John surgery, a procedure that he underwent back in March.

By normal Tommy John estimates, Thor would be able to return around July or August. However, recent reports suggested that he was actually ahead of schedule, which Alderson confirmed. Now, there is hope that he could be back in the Mets’ rotation by June.

The Mets’ potentially dominant rotation

The 2021 campaign will be Syndergaard’s last in a Mets’ uniform unless the two sides can hammer out a contract extension or decide to keep their working relationship in next year’s free agency.

In 118 career starts and 716.0 innings, the 28-year-old has a 3.31 ERA and a 2.92 FIP, with 18.8 fWAR, a 26.4 K% and a 5.6 BB%. When healthy, he has been one of the National League’s best starters since 2015. However, he had to miss the whole 2020 campaign to have his elbow reconstructed.

Once the Mets get Syndergaard back, their rotation could be one of the NL’s best. They have ace Jacob deGrom, Marcus Stroman, David Peterson, Syndergaard, and Steven Matz. However, Cohen, Alderson, and new general manager Jared Porter are fully expected to add another starter at some point, via free agency or trade market.