RHP Noah Syndergaard had no issues during Thursday's bullpen session in Chicago, but after being reassessed on Saturday, the pitcher won't pitch against Atlanta this weekend.
Terry Collins said that the Mets are considering having Syndergaard face live batters before returning. Collins also mentioned that he suggested that Syndergaard be used as a starter, not a reliever, to close out the season.
He played catch on Tuesday and Wednesday. Syndergaard was supposed to throw roughly 50 pitches in a simulated game on Sunday but did not pitch because of general soreness.
He made his second rehab start for the Brooklyn Cyclones last Thursday, when he allowed three runs on three hits in two innings. He walked two and struck out two, throwing 36 pitches.
Syndergaard hasn't pitched in the majors since April 30 due to a partially torn lat. He threw one inning for the Gulf Coast League Mets two Saturday's ago in his first rehab appearance.
"I've been putting a lot of work in on and off the field, just working on my mobility and stretching and trying to be as athletic as possible," Syndergaard said after his outing. "I felt I got a little bulky, and it kind of affected my athleticism a little bit."
Syndergaard, 25, had 3.29 ERA and 1.10 WHIP with 32 strikeouts and two walks in five starts (27 1/3 innings) prior to going on the disabled list.