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Mets don’t expect Noah Syndergaard to start throwing for another four weeks

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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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The Mets haven’t been happy with the progress Noah Syndergaard‘s lat has made these last few weeks, so the team is dialing back their expectations for his return.

Back at the end of April when Thor suffered a partial tear in his lat muscle, the prognosis wasn’t great, but we are all hopeful some timetable would end up popping up at some point that would help us figure out when he’d be coming back. Well, he’s been out for over a month already, but he’s still a ways away from returning to the Mets rotation.

Syndergaard was looked at on Thursday at the Hospital for Special Surgery, and the team announced he won’t be picking up a ball for at least another four weeks. No word on whether the Mets get a discounted rate for having Neil Walker and Matt Harvey checked out at the same time.

The news shouldn’t come as that much of a surprise, though it is tough to have to hear it officially. Syndergaard was on the Boomer and Carton show last week and updated us with pretty much the same outlook.

"“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.”"

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With the added injury to Harvey, the Mets rotation is looking completely different than what we expected it to look like at the beginning of Spring Training. True, Steven Matz and Seth Lugo are back but the dream was to have at least one go around the rotation with Syndergaard, Jacob deGrom, Harvey, Matz, and Zack Wheeler. It really feels like we’ll never get that, unfortunately.

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