Just a few short hours before Saturday night’s game, the Mets held a press conference where both Noah Syndergaard and Sandy Alderson spoke.
But, the news actually wasn’t that bad.
It will be approximately six weeks until Syndergaard can resume throwing. And yes, it is really sad that I referred to the fact that our ace can’t throw for six weeks as somewhat good news; many of us were prepared to hear a much longer amount of time.
However, the estimation that he will be out for three months seems to ring true, as six weeks is when he can start throwing — not come back and pitch in a game. Obviously, he will need some more time and practice to get back into the swing of things.
Who will take Syndergaard’s place during this time? Well, Alderson stated that the Mets will be looking both inside and outside the rotation. This is a relief to hear as it means that Rafael Montero is not locked in, something that Mets fans don’t want. Even Alderson stated that he was disappointed by his Friday night performance. The Mets somehow won, but it was no thanks to Montero.
Anyways, let’s go back to Syndergaard himself. Obviously the skipping of the MRI came up, as well as him then making his next start. Does Thor regret this? No, he doesn’t. “Something weird just happened” is what he had to say about his start.
And, of course, the Mets training staff came up in conversation as well. Alderson, of course, defended them.
Well, Mets fans (and former players) don’t.
All in all, this press conference was not as bad as I thought it would be when I first saw it was happening. Yes, we’re going to miss Syndergaard and feel that hole, but it definitely could have been much worse (knock on wood that all goes well and he can start throwing again in six weeks).