Mets RHP Noah Syndergaard (lat) is heading to Port St. Lucie to continue his throwing program, which will include live batting practice, the team announced Thursday.
Syndergaard was supposed to throw live batting practice on Wednesday at Citi Field, but that was pushed back, manager Terry Collins said.
The move was a precaution, added Collins, who said Syndergaard was expected to throw in the next day or two.
GM Sandy Alderson said on Monday Syndergaard is making progress but that rehab starts had not yet been planned.
"He's on track, but we're being careful with any rehab assignment, so that's still not currently scheduled," Alderson said on Monday morning, according to Newsday. "but we're making good progress."
Syndergaard threw off a mound last week for the first time since being placed on the DL with a torn lat in April.
"My body has never felt better," Syndergaard told Newsday last week. "My arm is feeling really good."
"Whether September, and we're in it or not, I just want to go out there and compete because I am just getting bored," he said. "I want to go out there and pitch. If I weren't to pitch this year I'd probably go nine or 10 months without competing in a meaningful game. So I don't want to let that time go by."
Syndergaard has a 3.29 ERA and 1.10 WHIP with 32 strikeouts and two walks in five starts (27 1/3 innings) this season.