Noah Syndergaard threw off the Citi Subject mound Sunday afternoon, hours earlier than the Mets hosted the Phillies.
Later this week, the right-hander may very well be pitching in a giant league recreation.
Syndergaard threw 15-20 pitches in dwell batting observe to Luis Guillorme and Jose Peraza as he continued his lengthy comeback from Tommy John surgical procedure, which was delayed earlier this month by COVID-19.
There’s a likelihood Syndergaard’s subsequent outing might include the Mets, although supervisor Luis Rojas stated the crew was nonetheless weighing that versus sending him on a rehab task.
“It went actually good,” Rojas stated. “It was fastball/changeup combine and I feel the [velocity] is about the identical, someplace within the mid-90s. … It was very encouraging to see Noah throwing the ball like he did right this moment.”
If the Mets go for a rehab task, solely Triple-A Syracuse continues to be taking part in this week, with a street collection in opposition to Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.
“I don’t have [the decision] proper now as a result of that would be the dialog on understanding what kind of adrenaline rush he may have in a giant league recreation versus most likely a bit bit extra management pitching in a rehab task the place he’s nonetheless feeling for his stuff,” Rojas stated. “And he’s steadily progressing nonetheless, attending to us. So balancing that, and understanding what’s going to be finest for Noah’s well being might be what’s going to result in that.”
Syndergaard, an impending free agent, hasn’t pitched for the Mets since Sept. 29, 2019.
J.D. Davis went 0-for-3 within the Mets’ 3-2 win over the Phillies on Sunday night time — his first begin since Sept. 9 — instead of Jonathan Villar at third base. Villar received jammed on a pitch Saturday night time and was in “nice ache in the meanwhile,” Rojas stated, however he was anticipated to nonetheless be obtainable off the bench.
Rojas stated he was conscious of gamers on the Mets’ Excessive-A Brooklyn affiliate carrying wristbands Saturday night time to protest inadequate pay for minor leaguers.
“I feel these guys standing for one thing that they imagine, you’ve received to respect that,” stated Rojas, who managed a number of minor league associates earlier than arriving in Queens. “If there’s going to be an improve there, I’ll be one of many guys to say, ‘Yeah, that will be nice.’ These are guys which are selecting baseball as their profession, and instantly they need some affect when it comes all the way down to their financial alternative. I’ll be somebody that can assist that in the event that they’re voicing it.”
The president of the Dominican Republic, Luis Abinader, was at Citi Subject for Sunday’s recreation and threw out the primary pitch.