As time runs out on this dismal Mets season, Noah Syndergaard wouldn’t mind bringing a ray of sunshine to the organization. And that entails pitching for the team again this year, preferably with two appearances over the final week of the regular season. The right-hander is again on the precipice of receiving clearance to pitch for the Mets, after throwing a two-inning simulated game, consisting of 39 pitches, before the Marlins beat the Mets 13-1 at Marlins Park on Monday. Team brass had considered allowing Syndergaard to pitch an inning or two last weekend in Atlanta but changed course, deciding the extra throwing session was needed. Syndergaard faced first-base coach Tom Goodwin and hitting coordinator Ryan Ellis in the mock game and said he threw all his pitches. Syndergaard, who has been rehabbing from a torn right lat muscle over the past 4 ½ months, said returning this season is important to him. “It’s a personal thing for me,” he said. “I am getting really anxious. I spent three or four months rehabbing, and if at this point they are going to shut me down, what really was the whole point of all that? I feel I worked real hard in the rehab process and I just really want to get out there and prove I can come back from that kind of injury healthy.” Syndergaard appeared close to a return following a rehab start for Single-A Brooklyn on Sept. 8 but experienced soreness that caused team officials to exude caution. Monday was the first time since his Brooklyn appearance Syndergaard threw pitches with hitters in the box. Initially, the Mets had hoped Syndergaard might be ready for action in the entire final month of this season.
Noah Syndergaard may not start for Mets again this season
New York Post | Sep 19