Noah Syndergaard was told that he may not begin a throwing program for another four weeks, Mets GM Sandy Alderson said Thursday at Citi Field.
Syndergaard, who has been out since April 30 due to a torn lat, told WFAN in early June that he's feeling great, but is not close to throwing a baseball.
"Lats are tricky, just because it's very specific," Syndergaard said last Thursday during an interview with Boomer and Carton on WFAN. "If you come back too soon, you could really put yourself in a situation to injure yourself again."
Matthew Cerrone (Twitter | Instagram | About Me): As I said the other week, I was told to expect Syndergaard back on the mound for the Mets roughly one month after he starts throwing on flat ground. According to Alderson, this will not happen for at least another month.
Back in early May, the plan was to be flat ground for a week, increased intensity on a mound for another week or so, and then minor-league rehab games with a promotion after he's able to last five or six innings without pain. In other words, had he been able to start that today, he could have been back around late July, early August. At this rate, we're likely looking at late August, early September or not again until next spring training...
"I probably won't be able to pick up a ball for quite some time," he told WFAN. "I have no pain right now, but I want to make sure my lat is nice and stretched out and flexible before I'm ready to go."
Syndergaard said he doesn't regret refusing to get an MRI prior to his lat injury, noting that there was nothing structurally wrong and that he "felt great."
Syndergaard, who is on the 60-day disabled list, has a 3.29 ERA and 1.10 WHIP with two walks and 32 strikeouts in 27 1/3 innings (five starts) this season.