By MIKE FITZPATRICK AP Baseball Writer
NEW YORK (AP) – Noah Syndergaard is scheduled to start Tuesday night for the New York Mets, return to a pile in a league for the first time in two years and complete his long comeback from the Tommy John operation.
The team also announced that Ace Jacob deGrom will not play again this season. The two-time Cy Young Award winner has been on the sidelines since mid-July due to an albus injury that has healed, according to the club.
He recently threw bulls, including a successful Monday, with an eye toward potential returns this year. But with the Mets out of the playoffs, deGrom and the club agreed that there was no point in him starting a game, even though he is healthy, manager Luis Rojas explained.
“Everyone is full on board,” Rojas said, adding that deGrom should have a normal low season. “That’s right.”
“I think when he comes back to spring training, he will be Jake as we know him.”
Syndergaard was resumed from the 60-day injury list and starts the second match in a double recording with one entry against the Miami Marlins at Citi Field. The Grinding Mets announced the move about 2 1/2 hours before the first game, which was started by Marcus Stroman.
The 29-year-old Syndergaard can become a free agent after the season, and the Mets must decide how much they want him back and whether to give him a one-year qualifying offer.
“We will see him play,” Rojas said. “The organization will benefit from seeing him perform.”
The return of right-handers comes too late to help the Mets in 2021, who were eliminated from the hunt after the season last weekend. New York (73-82) suffered NL NL for three months, but began to nose when the calendar went to August.
Syndergaard, an All-Star in 2016, is expected to throw just one round on Tuesday night and can make a new appearance before the season ends on Sunday. He and the Mets originally targeted a return in June, but rehabilitation progression was slowed by a sore elbow that left him closed at the end of May for a while and then a positive test for COVID-19 at the end of August, even though he has been vaccinated.
“I think he’s going to give everyone here an idea of where he is,” Rojas said.
Syndergaard made a couple of rehab appearances last week for Triple-A Syracuse, and worked one round each time. He allowed one hit and struck out two over two pointless innings.
Following advice from doctors, Syndergaard stopped throwing the slider when he resumed rehabbing this summer because they thought that pitch may have caused the elbow discomfort he experienced this spring.
So on his own, Syndergaard decided to scrape his basket for now as well. He said he thinks he can be effective – at least in short stints – with just his four-stitch fastball, two-seams and changeup.
“He is excited. He wants to get in there and compete, “said Rojas. – It has been a long road. … He worked very hard to get into this position. ”
It will be Syndergaard’s first major league outing since September 29, 2019 against Atlanta. He tore the ulnar safety band in his right elbow during the spring training in March 2020 and operated on Tommy John later that month.
Syndergaard will serve as the Mets ’29. man for the double head. To make room for him on the 40-man list, the catch Chance Sisco was designated for the mission.
Once the toughest throwing starter in the majors, Syndergaard arrived in the major leagues in 2015 and helped the Mets reach the World Series that year. He is 47-30 with a 3.31 ERA in 119 career games (118 starts), all with New York.
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