Mets RHP Noah Syndergaard, who threw a simulated game on Monday in Miami, will be re-evaluated on Friday, the team said on Tuesday.
Syndergaard said after Monday's simulated game that he doesn't want to rush his return.
"I don't want to try to rush it and jump back out there too early because it is kind of a serious injury," Syndergaard told reporters. "I've also heard a lot of stories of people re-injuring themselves. I want to make sure that doesn't happen. I know the team is taking precautions, pull the reigns back a little bit. I respect that."
Sept. 18, 2017: Syndergaard throws a simulated game in Miami (Credit: @Mets on Twitter)
The Mets are reportedly concerned about having Syndergaard return this season as they feel he needs to be completely healthy in order to come back, Ehalt reported on Sunday.
Syndergaard had hoped to return from a partially torn lat during this weekend's series against the Atlanta Braves and did not report any issues during a bullpen session on Thursday, however manager Terry Collins said he wanted Syndergaard to face live batters before he returns to a game, according to the New York Daily News' Kristie Ackert.
"We're just trying to make sure we do it the right way, without rushing," said Collins, who suggested Syndergaard would be used as a starting pitcher instead of a reliever if he comes back this season. "There is no reason to rush so, we're just going to make sure we take baby steps."
Syndergaard, who hasn't pitched in the majors since April 30, has made two minor league outings this month and played catch twice over the past week.
"I am just anxious to get back," Syndergaard said, according to Ackert. "Right now we're out of it, but for my personal well-being I want to go out there and throw and not let 10 months go by without pitching in a meaningful baseball game -- I mean meaningful to me."
The 25-year-old Syndergaard was 1-2 with a 3.29 ERA in five starts before going on the disabled list.