Mets Injury Update: Syndergaard, Harvey to begin throwing programs soon

By Emmanuel Pepis
WASHINGTON, DC - APRIL 30: Starting pitcher Noah Syndergaard
WASHINGTON, DC - APRIL 30: Starting pitcher Noah Syndergaard /

Sandy Alderson stated that both Noah Syndergaard and Matt Harvey will begin their trek toward coming off the disabled list shortly

Out of a slew of news and tidbits, Mets General Manager Sandy Alderson stated that Noah Syndergaard and Matt Harvey will begin throwing programs soon. The exact timetable for both pitchers’ returns is currently not clear.

Syndergaard has not pitched since April 30 after suffering a torn lat muscle against Washington. The news was bleak a month prior when an update revealed the muscle wasn’t close to healed enough to begin throwing. Fast forward to this weekend and the Mets ace is apparently close to ready to begin his comeback trail.

It’s been a disappointing season for Syndergaard who added muscle in the off-season, which was heavily disputed. The rest of the saga unfolded which included a refusal for an MRI ahead of his start against Washington. What was a lightning fast start quickly shriveled up after he couldn’t make it out of the second inning at Nationals Park.

Pitching coach, Dan Warthen kicked around the idea of throwing Syndergaard out of the bullpen when he’s ready to come off the disabled list. In his professional career, Syndergaard has pitched in relief 11 times. The last such occurrence was May 31, 2016 against the White Sox.

Harvey has been dealing with an injury in his shoulder. His last start came a month ago against the Cubs. In that outing, his fastball velocity decreased dramatically. Harvey was averaging a tick under 91 after clocking between 93-95 in all but one of his prior 12 starts.

This season has been rough to be kind. Harvey’s ERA, FIP, and walk rate have all reached career worsts. He also surrendered 16 home runs in 70.1 innings prior to landing on the disabled list. The stress injury to his shoulder is just the latest of injury obstacles Harvey has had to navigate. He was shut down early last season after undergoing surgery for thoracic outlet syndrome.

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There is obviously no need to rush either of these pitchers back with the Mets far out of the playoff picture. But it’s refreshing to get somewhat of a positive update on both Syndergaard and Harvey.