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Mets: Noah Syndergaard gives update on lat injury; still no timetable for return

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Apr 30, 2017; Washington, DC, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Noah Syndergaard (34) pitches against the Washington Nationals at Nationals Park. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports
Apr 30, 2017; Washington, DC, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Noah Syndergaard (34) pitches against the Washington Nationals at Nationals Park. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports
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Noah Syndergaard got a chance to talk to Boomer and Carton on WFAN on Thursday morning, and he gave us a little bit of an update on his rehab, his relationship with the Mets and whether or not he regrets putting on muscle weight in the offseason.

Syndergaard noted that although he’s feeling good, he and the training staff are taking it slow when it comes to his injury and his return.

“Lats are tricky, just because it’s very specific,” Noah told Boomer and Carton. “If you come back too soon, you could really put yourself in a situation to injure yourself again.”

Unfortunately for us, there is still no timetable being given by the Mets or Syndergaard for his return. He’s been out since April 30 when he tore his right lat while pitching against the Washington Nationals.

Although he’s already been out for over a month, he’s still nowhere close to being back.

"“I probably won’t be able to pick up a ball for quite some time. 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.”"

Carton asked Syndergaard about his standing with the club and general manager Sandy Alderson after the whole refusal to take an MRI thing was revealed, and his subsequent injury happened.

“I feel like after all that happened our relationship is even stronger than it was before. We kind of had our differences, but we were able to grow from there.”

Syndergaard is also comfortable with how he trained in the offseason, and doesn’t plan on changing his routine any time soon.

“I take a lot of pride in the way I train,” he said. “I like to think I train in a smart way. Try to be as strong as possible, try to be as much like Nolan Ryan. That guy was all about lifting and working hard, and was able to pitch until he was 48 years old.”

Adding a little levity to the interview, Syndergaard surprisingly kind of came out in defense of Mr. Met when asked about his latest controversy. He wasn’t sure how Mr. Met could stick up a middle finger if he only has four fingers total. We tend to agree, Noah.

If you want to check out the entire interview with Noah Syndergaard, check out Boomer and Carton’s page on WFAN.

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All in all, the absence of Syndergaard has been felt heavily both on the field and off it. The Mets starters, and staff in general, have the highest ERA in all of baseball at the time of writing, so you can bet they wish he was taking the ball every fifth day. It doesn’t look like they’ll be getting any help from Noah anytime soon though, but we can still hope when he does return, he’ll be stronger and better than before.

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