Mets starter Noah Syndergaard is scheduled to return to the Mets’ rotation Friday against the Nationals.
All that he has to do between now and then is get through a bullpen session tomorrow. Which, normally, would not be a big deal but the last time he was a bullpen session away from returning his finger swelled up and he had to start all over again. This time things seem a bit better, though, as he looked good in a minor league rehab outing over the weekend at Low-A Brooklyn.
Syndergaard has been out since late May with a strained ligament in his right index finger. He’s 4-1 with a 3.06 ERA and a K/BB ratio of 76/13 in 64.2 innings on the year.
Giants right-hander Jeff Samardzija is heading back to the disabled list, per a team announcement on Sunday. Samardzija was diagnosed with another bout of inflammation in his right shoulder and will undergo further evaluation this week, though surgery is not currently being considered. A concrete timetable for his return to the rotation will not be set until the club knows the extent of his injury.
At this point in the season, Samardzija has seen far more time on the DL than he has on the mound. This will be his third trip there after missing a collective nine weeks with a pectoral strain and right shoulder rightness since the start of the year. When healthy, he put up a 1-5 record in 10 starts with a 6.25 ERA, 5.2 BB/9 and 6.0 SO/9 through just 44 2/3 innings in 2018.
In a corresponding move, infielder Kelby Tomlinson has been recalled from Triple-A Sacramento. Southpaw Derek Holland will slot into Samardzija’s spot in the rotation; he currently carries a 5-8 record across 18 starts and a 4.09 ERA, 3.4 B/9 and 9.1 SO/9 over 101 1/3 innings in 2018.