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Mets starter Noah Syndergaard will throw off mound Tuesday

WASHINGTON, DC - APRIL 30: Starting pitcher Noah Syndergaard
WASHINGTON, DC - APRIL 30: Starting pitcher Noah Syndergaard

Noah Syndergaard will take the next step in his rehab on Tuesday when he’s slated to throw off a mound for the first time since a torn lat sidelined him in late April

Noah Syndergaard is going to take the next step in his rehab Tuesday. Marc Carig of Newsday reports that Syndergaard will throw off the mound for the first time since tearing his lat muscle in late April against Washington.

It has been a lost season for Syndergaard. The Mets expect him to return at some point, but there’s no guarantee. Syndergaard will likely need multiple sessions and multiple rehab starts after being on the shelf for over three months. The Mets will and should exercise caution as Syndergaard continues to progress through the rehab stages.

He began throwing at the same time Matt Harvey did, but Harvey has progressed quicker, making a rehab start this past weekend for Brooklyn. Syndergaard was on a great pace to begin the season before everything fell apart in his last start on April 30. He lasted only 1.1 innings after refusing an MRI prior to that start.

Syndergaard came full circle recently on his off-season training program and how it adversely affected his body. This season has been a throwaway for the soon-to-be 25-year old who was expected to be in contention for the Cy Young award at the outset. He finished eighth in the voting last season after posting a 14-9 record and a 2.60 ERA with 218 strikeouts in 183.2 innings.

An interesting factor to watch this offseason is whether Syndergaard will be approached about a contract agreement. He isn’t scheduled to become a free agent until 2022, but the Mets have already saved upwards of $11 million and will clear out more once the season wraps up. Jacob deGrom should be another candidate for a new contract.

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If we do see Syndergaard on the mound again this season, it likely won’t be until September. The Mets entered the week 16.5 games back in the division and 11 games behind the second wild card spot.