The last player trying to come back to play for the New York Mets this season has predictably hit a bump in the road. Starting pitcher Noah Syndergaard, who has made it clear he wants to pitch at the big league level before the 2017 season concludes, was scratched from a simulated game today due to general soreness, Kristie Ackert of the New York Daily News reports. Syndergaard, who pitched three innings in a rehab game with the Brooklyn Cyclones on Thursday, was slated to throw 50 pitches in a simulated game today and potentially rejoin the Mets by the end of the week. This setback likely pushes back Syndergaard’s timetable a bit.
Syndergaard hasn’t pitched since April 30th due to a partially torn lat he suffered in a start against the Washington Nationals. While that injury has fully healed, the Mets have been taking Syndergaard’s rehab process slow in order to let him properly build up stamina. The Mets don’t have enough time left in the season to let Syndergaard build up to being a starter, but they were planning on having him piggyback with a current starter, such as Matt Harvey or Seth Lugo, for the remainder of the season. This strategy would allow them to limit the pitches each of these pitchers throws and let Syndergaard get into big league games by throwing a few innings every couple of days. The Mets haven’t announced how long they will push back Syndergaard, but with their season completely down the drain there is no reason to rush their ace back for meaningless games.