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Report: Mets now have “hesitation” to have Noah Syndergaard pitch before end of season

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Mets starter Noah Syndergaard has been out since the end of May with a torn right lat muscle. He experienced some setbacks during his rehab, but the Mets were still hopeful he would be able to return before the end of the season.

With just two weeks remaining, The Record’s Matt Ehalt hears that the Mets are, for the first time, hesitant to have Syndergaard pitch before season’s end. They only want him to pitch if he is 100 percent and that still isn’t the case. Syndergaard experienced soreness last week and did not pitch in a simulated game as anticipated.

Syndergaard has made five starts this season, putting up a 3.29 ERA with a 32/2 K/BB ratio in 27 1/3 innings. He is one of a long, long list of Mets players to succumb to the injury bug this year.

Shohei Ohtani no longer facing Masahiro Tanaka on Sunday at Yankee Stadium

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Shohei Ohtani has essentially become the Angels’ designated Sunday starting pitcher, but Angels manager Mike Scioscia announced Thursday morning that the 23-year-old two-way Japanese star will be skipped in the rotation this weekend at Yankee Stadium for “workload management” purposes.

Ohtani is fine to continue hitting, so there’s no sense of any physical ailment.

This decision will rob us — and the Japanese media — of a showdown between Ohtani and countrymate Masahiro Tanaka. And for that we are rather devastated, but you can understand the Angels’ concerns about overuse.

Ohtani has registered a 3.35 ERA, 1.066 WHIP, and 52/14 K/BB ratio through his first 40 1/3 innings (seven starts) as a major league pitcher and he’s slashing .308/.364/.582 with six home runs and 19 RBI in 26 games as a part-time DH.