Mets RHP Noah Syndergaard to begin rehab assignment Saturday

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

Syndergaard is slated to throw one inning for the GCL Mets as he begins his road back to the Mets’ rotation

Noah Syndergaard will start his rehab assignment on Saturday after being sidelined with a torn lat. Syndergaard’s path back to a Major League mound will begin with the GCL Mets, where he is slated to throw one inning.

Syndergaard, who threw a bullpen session Wednesday, has reported no pain since first throwing off a mound a few weeks ago. He will surely require multiple rehab starts. For reference, Matt Harvey is going to make his return to the mound this weekend after four rehab starts between Brooklyn and Binghamton. Syndergaard can spend up to 30 days on rehab assignment if necessary.

It remains to be seen if Syndergaard will pitch in a Mets uniform again this season. If so, the best case scenario would be two starts. The last day of the season is October 1, which would encompass all 30 days of Syndergaard’s rehab should he require it. His return will depend on how he comes out of each start, beginning with this weekend.

Syndergaard has endured a rough, injury plagued season as has most of the team. He only lasted a month before going on the shelf after many expected him to be a Cy Young candidate. The recently turned 25-year old will be up for his first year of arbitration eligibility this coming winter unless he gets approached about signing a long-term contract.

Even though the Mets are out of the race, Syndergaard has said he wants to pitch before the end of the season citing routine and that he’s “getting bored.” Centered around this season is Syndergaard announcing he is changing his workout regimen. This came after adding muscle last off-season drew criticism.

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If Syndergaard is ready to make an abbreviated September return after a handful of rehab starts then that shouldn’t be questioned. It will be interesting to see how he comes back when he does, but at his word it sounds like all systems are go for a return at some point next month.