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Syndergaard Expected To Throw 60 Pitches In Rehab Start

Could Be Back With Big Club Before All-Star Break

July 06, 2018 - 12:42 pm


Amidst a seemingly never-ending cycle of negative headlines about the New York Mets this season, here’s a bit of optimism: Noah Syndergaard will pitch this weekend. In Brooklyn.

A rehab start was never originally part of the plan for Syndergaard when he went on the disabled list back on May 29 (retroactive to May 26) for a strained ligament in his right index finger. Nor was Thor expected to miss more than a month of action, as he has.

But because of lingering pain that caused the extended absence, the Mets are being cautious. They’re having Syndergaard throw roughly 60 pitches for the Brooklyn Cyclones in a Sunday afternoon game versus the Staten Island Yankees at MCU Park in Coney Island.

Following that outing they’ll re-evaluate, but Mets rookie manager Mickey Callaway told reporters Wednesday that if all goes well, Syndergaard could be back with the club before the All-Star break.

Just seeing Syndergaard back on the mound will be a welcome site. After throwing 333.2 innings in 55 games over the 2015 and 2016 seasons, Syndergaard has been limited to just 95 innings of work over 18 games the past two seasons.

In his 11 starts this year before going to the DL, Syndergaard put up a 4-1 record along with a 3.06 ERA.

As Syndergaard makes his way back to the big club, he shouldn't have to deal with hearing his name in trade rumors anymore, as SNY’s Andy Martino reported Thursday that the Mets’ focus has “turned away” from potential trades involving Syndergaard and Jacob deGrom.