Noah Syndergaard told reporters Sunday that his arm and elbow are healthy, so much so that he hopes to add velocity to his fastball this coming season...
"I always want to throw harder and continue to make the game easier," he explained, talking from the media room at Tradition Field. "I feel like my velocity jumped up from my rookie season to last year, so I'm always going to try to raise that kind of bar."
Terry Collins will talk with reporters on Monday, Feb. 13, at 11:30 am ET. It will air LIVE on SNY.
Syndergaard, 24, averaged the highest velocity among big-league starting pitchers with his fastball (98.0 mph), slider (90.9 mph) and changeup (89.8 mph) last season, according to FanGraphs.
He went 14-9 with a 2.60 ERA in 31 appearances last season. In 180 innings pitched, he struck out 218 batters, which was the fourth-most in the National League. He has thrown 359 innings during the last year and a half.
Feb 22, 2016; Syndergaard (34) throws during spring training work out drills at Tradition Field (USA TODAY Sports)
Syndergaard was diagnosed with a bone spur in his elbow early last season, though it did not impact his performance and does not require surgery, Mets GM Sandy Alderson said in early-November.
Instead, he received a cortisone shot during the season and spent the winter adding 17 pounds of muscle by eating a high-protein diet that included buffalo meat and venison.
"Hopefully it allows me to go deeper into games with more ease, but it's also focused on paying a lot of attention to my flexibility," Syndergaard explained about his offseason plan. "Pitching is not just max effort, it's about being fluid and having flexibility out there."