Mets RHP Noah Syndergaard said his body "has never felt better" after a lat injury sidelined him most of last season and hopes to be healthy for 2018.
"I'm still lifting heavy, but in a more smart way," Syndergaard said, according to MLB.com's Anthony DiComo. "Last year was not necessarily the smartest thing I was supposed to be doing in terms of exercise choice. It's different. It's still taxing workouts."
Last offseason, Syndergaard gained 17 pounds of muscle with hopes of building more strength and increasing the velocity on his fastball. However, he suffered a partially torn lat and missed nearly five months, returning to make two short outings toward the end of the season.
"I'm extremely confident just because of the way I finished the season," said Syndergaard, who had a 2.97 ERA in 30 1/3 innings across seven starts in 2017. "The last start against the Phillies [two innings, no runs, no hits, one walk, two strikeouts], I don't think I've ever felt that way before. My pitches, my repertoire, even increased in terms of velocity and just straight power. I felt great at the end of the season and I'm going to continue to stay hungry and try to get better each and every day."
Syndergaard said he wasn't lifting properly last season and began working with two new trainers to both increase his strength and flexibility.
"I still crush it pretty hard," Syndergaard said earlier this month. "But the exercises are very specific to what I need to be doing. Last year, I don't know how many sets of pullups I did. I haven't done a single pullup all offseason. Just different row variations, trying to get the shoulder capsule strong and working on my hip flexibility."
Syndergaard, who including the postseason threw 169 innings as a rookie in 2015 and 190 2/3 innings in 2016, told DiComo, "200 innings would be nice to get to, but there are so many things that are outside of your control in terms of getting to 200 innings.
"I try not to put too much pressure on me," Syndergaard said. "I just want to go out there every five days and lay it all between the lines."