Mets news: Noah Syndergaard scratched due to illness

By Danny Abriano

Noah Syndergaard has been scratched from Friday’s start for Las Vegas due to an illness, according to Adam Rubin of ESPN New York.

According to Rubin, Syndergaard has been sick recently and will likely start on Saturday or Sunday.

Syndergaard dealt with forearm stiffness during Spring Training and had an MRI earlier this month that came back clean.

Syndergaard last pitched on April 18, when he allowed two runs on two hits in 3.2 innings pitched while walking five and striking out five. In his first start of the season, on April 13, Syndergaard allowed two earned runs in four innings while walking one and striking out two.


With Syndergaard expected to pitch either Saturday or Sunday, this is really him being pushed back more than anything.

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If the Mets were planning on skipping his turn, it would be something to keep an eye on. Instead, Syndergaard will likely wait an extra day or two before taking his turn in the rotation.

Rafael Montero, who is pitching for Las Vegas on Thursday, is scheduled to come up to the Mets to make a spot start on April 28. Terry Collins told reporters on Thursday that Montero would be making that spot start unless his Thursday night start for the 51s is a disaster.

If Montero does struggle badly on Thursday, the Mets may turn to someone else to make that spot start. If that scenario played out, it would be interesting to see if the Mets gave the ball to Syndergaard instead in what would be his big league debut. However, the odds of Montero not getting the ball for the Mets on the 28th are slim.

Syndergaard, who the Mets have already secured an extra year of team control over, will almost certainly make his debut with the Mets in the coming months. When that happens still appears to be up in the air.