Syndergaard set to pitch for Mets in return from TJ surgery
NEW_YORK (AP). — Noah Syndergaard will start Tuesday night for New York Mets. This is Syndergaard’s return to the major league mound after a long recovery from Tommy John surgery.
The team also said that Jacob deGrom, the team’s ace, will not pitch again this season. According to the club, deGrom has been out of action since mid-July with an elbow injury.
He has been throwing bullpens in recent weeks, including one that was successful Monday with hopes of a return next year. Manager Luis Rojas explained that deGrom and the Mets are out of playoff contention so it’s not a good idea for him to start a game, even though he is healthy.
” Everyone is on board,” Rojas said, adding that deGrom should enjoy a normal offseason. “It’s the right thing.”
“I think coming back in spring training he’ll be the Jake that we know.”
Syndergaard was reinstated from the 60-day injured list and will start the second game of a single-admission doubleheader against the Miami Marlins at Citi Field. 2 1/2 hours after the start of the first game, the skidding Mets made the announcement.
The 29-year-old Syndergaard can become a free agent after the season, and the Mets must decide how much they want him back and whether to make him a one-year qualifying offer.
” We want to see him pitch,” Rojas stated. “The organization will benefit from watching him perform.”
The right-hander’s return comes too late to help the 2021 Mets, who were eliminated from the postseason chase last weekend. New York (73-82) led the NL East for three months but began to nosedive when the calendar turned to August.
Syndergaard, an All-Star in 2016, is expected to throw just one inning Tuesday night and could make another appearance before the season ends Sunday. He and the Mets initially targeted a June return, but his rehab progression was slowed by a sore elbow that caused him to be shut down in late May for a while and then a positive test for COVID-19 in late August even though he is vaccinated.
” I think he will give everyone an idea of where he is at,” Rojas stated.
Syndergaard worked one inning last week in rehab for Triple-A Syracuse. Over two scoreless innings, he allowed only one hit and struck out 2.
As a result of the elbow discomfort that Syndergaard experienced in spring, doctors advised Syndergaard to stop throwing his slider.
So Syndergaard decided on his own to drop his curveball. He stated that he believes he can be productive, at least for short periods, with his four-seam fastball and two-seamer changeup.
” He’s excited. Rojas stated that he wants to compete. It’s been a long journey. It’s been a long road. He worked really hard to get in this position.”
It will be Syndergaard’s first big league outing since Sept. 29, 2019, against Atlanta. In March 2020, he injured his right elbow and required Tommy John surgery.
Syndergaard will serve as the Mets’ 29th man for the doubleheader. To make room for him on the 40-man roster, catcher Chance Sisco was designated for assignment.
Syndergaard was once the hardest-throwing starter of the majors and made the Mets’ World Series debut in 2015. He is 47-30 with a 3. 31 Hearst in 119 career (118games starts), all at New York.
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