New York Mets pitcher Noah Syndergaard exits rehab start early due to right elbow soreness
NEW YORK — Noah Syndergaard left his rehab start for Low-A St. Lucie after only pitching an inning on Tuesday evening because he experienced right elbow soreness, the New York Mets announced.
Based on a progression schedule Mets manager Luis Rojas shared with reporters on Sunday in Miami, Syndergaard was scheduled to throw at least four innings. The Mets are having him throw two four-inning outings, two five-inning outings, then two six-inning outings as he works his way back from Tommy John surgery.
Syndergaard struck out one batter and walked another in a scoreless inning. He was hitting 94-95 mph in the frame. He threw 16 pitches, 10 of which were strikes.
Mets acting general manager Zack Scott on Monday said the Mets expected Syndergaard to return by the middle of June. As of now, it's unclear how far this will set back Syndergaard.
New York Mets starting pitcher Noah Syndergaard exited his rehab start with right elbow soreness. (Photo: Jasen Vinlove, USA TODAY Sports)
Syndergaard underwent Tommy John surgery at the end of March 2020. His rehab progression had gone well until Tuesday night.
The Mets — and their fans — had been counting on having Syndergaard back in the rotation. The Mets have 17 players on the injured list as of this writing, including right-hander Carlos Carrasco.
The Mets' pitching staff has carried them this season. That's why many thought that, with Syndergaard and Carrasco, it would become even more elite.
That was before Syndergaard's abbreviated outing, which leaves his status unclear going forward.
Justin Toscano is the Mets beat writer for NorthJersey.com. Email: [email protected];Twitter: @justinctoscano.
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