ATLANTA — Noah Syndergaard could be back as soon as Sunday — well, partially back. The Mets righthander is ready to pitch an inning or two, pitching coach Dan Warthen said.
The tentative plan would be for Syndergaard to next pitch an inning in a game, most likely on Sunday. Robert Gsellman is listed as the scheduled starter for Sunday’s series finale against the Braves.
That plan is still being discussed, Warthen said.
Terry Collins was vague when talking about the next step for Syndergaard, who has been on the disabled list since May 1 with a torn right lat muscle.
The Mets plan had always been for Noah Syndergaard pitch in a major league game on this road trip.
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“See how he is today, after his bullpen yesterday,” the Mets manager said. “Then we’ll make a decision on the next step whatever it may be, whether another pen or maybe try to get him in a game.”
The Mets plan had always been for Syndergaard to pitch in a major league game on this road trip, and piggybacking him with the struggling Gsellman seemed like an ideal situation to get him into a game.
The Mets were discussing how best to control the situation.
“We’re going to limit the workload, but do we benefit themselves to let him prepare like a normal game and go out for one or two innings to start the game? Is that a better way for him to prepare to pitch than select an inning and say OK you are going to be in this inning,” Collins said. “The issue with that is, you never know how much time he is going to have to get ready. We can’t say ‘You get the seventh inning,’ and all the sudden he gets up bottom of the sixth inning and it’s a five-pitch inning, so that won’t work.
“We’ll take a look and see where he might fit and get all the people who are involved together and come up with a game plan.”
After a minor league rehab start on Aug. 31, Syndergaard’s rehab was set back by “general soreness.” Warthen said his bullpen on Thursday went very well and Syndergaard looks ready to get back in and face hitters. With the minor league seasons over, the only other way Syndergaard could take a next step would be a simulated game, which the Mets felt was pointless at this stage, after two minor league rehab starts.
The Mets are calling it a tight right hip flexor for Amed Rosario.
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The whole purpose for him pitching down the stretch is just peace of mind for Syndergaard and the Mets that he will be healthy going into 2018.
“To have a sim game, all that is is throwing (batting practice),” Collins said. “Again, make no mistake, when he pitches, there are not going to be a lot of pitches thrown. This is a process of making sure we know he’s going to be OK and that we know he’s going to be OK and he is OK.”
Syndergaard last pitched in a major league game April 30, the 23-5 loss to the Nationals.
BACK IN THE BULLPEN
After suffering from blurred vision and dizziness on Monday, Erik Goeddel was back with the team.
Goeddel said he had never experienced anything like that in the past and doctors assured him it was unlikely to come back.