Mets RHP Noah Syndergaard (lat) threw one inning for Low-A Gulf Coast Mets in his first rehab start.
Syndergaard allowed two runs -- both unearned -- on two hits while striking out two as well. He threw a total 18 pitches with 13 being strikes.
"Overall, I thought it was a really good day of work," Syndergaard said after the outing. "I got 18 quality pitches. My delivery felt really sound. It was a huge step in the right direction for me."
New York Mets starting pitcher Noah Syndergaard (Geoff Burke/USA TODAY Sports)
The 25-year-old Syndergaard, who has been out since April 30, threw off a mound for the first time two weeks ago.
"This is the best my body has felt in a long time," Syndergaard said on Saturday. "I've been putting a lot of work of work in on and off the field, just working on my mobility and stretching and trying to be as athletic as possible. I felt I got a little bulky, and it kind of affected my athleticism a little bit.
Syndergaard had a 3.29 ERA and 1.09 WHIP in five starts (27 1/3 innings) before going on the DL, and has said he wants to pitch this season despite the fact that the Mets aren't in playoff contention.
"I'm excited to finish the season strong and get out there," he said. "I don't want 10 months to go by without me competing in a meaningful game."
Matthew Cerrone (Twitter | Instagram | About Me): I realize it seems counterproductive or risky to get him a start or two in an otherwise dead season. But, every pitcher will tell you that (when injured) it's super important to end the season throwing in a game so he can then rest and fire up his traditional offseason throwing program.
Otherwise, if he doesn't get at least one start, it often ends up being an extended rehab program and it throws them off their sequence. Or, baseball players are insane. In either case, if he wants to pitch, and he can pitch, he should pitch. I mean, that's what he does, he's a pitcher. So, if he's ready, and it will help him and the Mets to know that he's strong and stable, go pitch.