Noah Syndergaard is scheduled to play catch today, rest Saturday, and throw 25 pitches as he starts the season's final game Sunday.
Syndergaard, who missed four and a half months with a lat strain, tossed one inning during a bullpen session Wednesday.
In his first appearance since returning from the disabled list, he needed just five pitches to throw a scoreless inning against the Nationals this past Saturday.
He needed just five pitches to complete the inning. Washington's Trea Turner flied out, Jayson Werth singled, and Daniel Murphy grounded into a double play.
"This rehab process is both physical and mental," Mets GM Sandy Alderson recently said, when asked why Syndergaard is being allowed to pitch. "Based on Noah's feedback, he feels good physically. We just want to get him back on a mound, if for only a moment ... so he's back out there, re-familiarized with the circumstances."
Syndergaard has a 3.18 ERA and 1.09 WHIP with 32 strikeouts and two walks in 28 1/3 innings (six starts) this season.