Noah Syndergaard was scratched from a scheduled simulation game on Sunday with “general soreness,” per MLB.com’s Anthony DiComo. The right-hander will sit tight for two days before attempting to progress with his rehab, a process that has already been drawn out for four months since he was diagnosed with a partial tear of his right lat muscle back in May. He made a 36-pitch appearance for Low-A Brooklyn last Thursday, but felt sore following the outing and has not been given the green light for further baseball activities just yet.
Club manager Terry Collins sees no need to rush his ace right-hander back to the mound, though both he and Syndergaard agree that one or two spot starts could be beneficial as the Mets’ season winds down this month. “The upside is when he goes in the wintertime, he knows that all he has to do is worry about getting ready for Spring Training, and not have to rehab,” Collins said prior to Sunday’s game. The current plan is to give Syndergaard another bullpen session in a week’s time, though that plan could change if he experiences further setbacks in the days to come.
Syndergaard, 25, went 1-2 in his first five starts this season, pairing a 3.29 ERA with an 0.7 BB/9 and 10.5 SO/9 through 27 1/3 innings. He tried to push through a biceps injury during his start against the Nationals on April 30, but ended up sustaining the lat injury in the second inning of the Nats’ 23-5 drubbing. The Mets, understandably, don’t want to push him to his breaking point again.