Mets pitching coach Dan Warthen thinks the team can get Noah Syndergaard back from the disabled list sooner if they use him out of the bullpen initially, SNY reports. Syndergaard has been on the DL since the start of May due to a partial tear of his right lat muscle.
“If we decide we want to go get Syndergaard back earlier but use him as a one-inning guy, we’ll all talk about that,” Warthen said.
Syndergaard is expected to begin a throwing program within the next two weeks. A realistic timetable has Syndergaard returning in mid-August. The 39-47 Mets entered the All-Star break in fourth place in the NL East, 12 games behind the Nationals and 10.5 games behind the second Wild Card slot.
The 24-year-old right-hander hit the DL with a 3.29 ERA and a 32/2 K/BB ratio in 27 1/3 innings.
The Athletics tied a league record on Saturday thanks to Stephen Piscotty, who launched a two-run, 396-foot home run off of the White Sox’ Dylan Covey to put the club on the board in the second inning. The homer may not have erased the five-run deficit the A’s were working against, but it extended their home run streak to 24 consecutive road games — tying the 1996 Orioles for the longest home run streak on the road in 22 years.
Following Piscotty’s blast, they eventually tied things up in the fifth inning with a sac fly from Dustin Fowler and a two-run double off the bat of Jed Lowrie. Daniel Mengden, meanwhile, was forced off the mound after just two innings; he expended 44 pitches and gave up five runs on four hits and two walks.
The Athletics are currently tied with the White Sox 5-5 in the fifth. They’ll attempt to get a leg up in the series finale — and earn the standalone league record for most consecutive road games with a home run — when right-hander Paul Blackburn and southpaw Carlos Rodon go head-to-head on Sunday at 2:10 PM ET.