Mets RHP Syndergaard withdrawn from the beginning of the rehabilitation with sore elbow
Noah Syndergaard was pulled from his minor league rehab outing due to pains in his throwing elbow on Tuesday night, the latest setback for an injury-ravaged New York Mets team.
The hard-throw right-hander returned from Tommy John surgery on March 26 of last year. He pitched four shutout innings with five strikeouts last Wednesday for Class A Saint Lucia, but only lasted one inning in his second start with the team.
The Mets said Syndergaard was pulled as a precaution. He was on track for a return in mid-June, but suddenly it seems uncertain at best.
Syndergaard, 28, an All-Star in 2016, is 47-30 with a 3.31 ERA in five major-league seasons. He can become a free agent in the fall.
New York has 16 players on the injured roster, most of them in the majors, and is missing three of its top five starting pitchers at Syndergaard, Carlos Carrasco and Taijuan Walker.
Mets ace Jacob deGrom returned from IL on Tuesday and started against the Colorado Rockies. Two-time award winner Cy Young had been sidelined since May 9 due to strain in his right side. He struck out eight and didn’t walk in three unsuccessful innings during a rehab outing for St. Lucia in the Low-A Southeast league last Thursday.
âHaving Jake today I know it’s huge for everyone,â coach Luis Rojas said before the game. âTruly uplifting.â
Carrasco, with a strained right hamstring, is not expected to return until late June or early July.
Walker has been out since May 18 due to strain on his right side. He started the two-hitter live batting practice on Tuesday and Rojas said it was “very encouraging.”
Rojas said Walker didn’t feel anything similar to his 10-day IL. He’s scheduled to play the catch on Wednesday and throw a âtouch and feelâ Thursday.
Rojas said he didn’t expect Walker to need a start in rehabilitation before returning to rotation.
Despite all the injuries, the Mets started the day 21-20 and finished first in the hotly contested NL East. New York, however, had lost three straight games and seven out of ten.