Mets: Noah Syndergaard and Matt Harvey start throwing programs

By JT. Teran
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 03: Noah Syndergaard
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 03: Noah Syndergaard /

The positive injury news train continues, and this time it’s two guys we haven’t seen in a little while

Before Monday night’s game against the St. Louis Cardinals, Mets starters Matt Harvey and Noah Syndergaard went out to the field and played catch with each other. This may not seem like a big deal to most people, but to Mets fans this is a sight we’ve been wanting to see for some time now.

This is specially exciting for Syndergaard, who has been out since the beginning of May with a partially torn lat muscle. This is the first time he’s been able to even grab a ball since that awful injury against the Nationals in Washington, so it’s really a big step for Thor.

It’s hard to remember that Syndergaard has only had five starts this season, and the last one was by far his worst outing. He barely got to pitch a full month before he was sidelined, so naturally he was overjoyed at the chance to once again get to throw a ball around.

As for Harvey, he’s looking to right an absolutely awful season, and hopefully finish it off strong. So far in 2017, Harvey has posted career worst lines across the board with a WHIP of 1.45, a batting average against of .247, and an unrecognizable ERA of 5.25.

About a month ago, Harvey landed on the disabled list with a stress injury to the scapula bone in the right shoulder, so many have pointed to that issue as a possible cause for Harvey’s latest troubles. We’ll see if that’s the case, and if he’s finally able to bring back the old Dark Knight we all miss.

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If the Mets have any chance to make a miraculous run to the postseason, both of these guys will need to be back and pitch as well as they have in years past. They still have a ways to go before we can even see them back on the mound wearing the orange and blue, but for now, this is a pretty big step to get back there.