Noah Syndergaard and Matt Harvey finally began their throwing programs on Monday.
Syndergaard, who has been on the disabled list with a torn right lat since May 1 and had not been allowed to do anything more than conditioning drills, said he feels “great.”
“I’m itching to get back out there. I’m ready to roll,” Syndergaard said before the Mets face the Cardinals at Citi Field, adding that veteran leadership has done an “excellent” job with the team. “From what I felt like today, it was great. I feel like I could get on the mound tomorrow, but I know that’s definitely not the smartest thing to do.”
The injured Harvey, who had been on the disabled list since June 16 with a stress injury to his scapula bone in his right shoulder, says he’s “felt good” for “the last couple of weeks.”
“(I’m) trying to get the strength back. Haven’t really had any pain since a few days after I got the PRP injection,” Harvey explained. “You are always thinking ahead to how you are going to feel the first time out there throwing and it felt really good.”
The righthander added that they both went to 65-70 feet.
“I think we’ll see how we feel tomorrow and get back out there on Wednesday and progressively build up the distance, build up the amount of times per week,” Harvey said. “We’re going out there and seeing how it goes. As of today, everything feels great and I’m excited for my next time out there.”
While Harvey remained silent on social media, Syndergaard announced the new phase of his rehab program Monday via Twitter, of course:
After missing over 10 weeks, Syndergaard’s throwing program will basically revert him back to a pitcher at the beginning the year. He will begin with soft toss of flat ground and then go through the progressions of moving back to 120 feet before he works his way back onto the mound. The 24-year-old will most definitely need to make rehab starts before he can rejoin the Mets.
Syndergaard’s injury has been one of the keys to the Mets’ disappointing season. After refusing an MRI on what the Mets said was biceps tendinitis a week before his start, Syndergaard injured himself in an embarrassing 23-5 loss to the Nationals on April 30. At the time, he was 1-2 with a 3.29 ERA, but with the Mets already without Steven Matz and Seth Lugo —who began the season on the DL —they needed Syndergaard to carry a struggling staff.
Instead, he went on the DL and the Mets, a team built around their young power-arms, went into a downward spiral behind their pitching. After a recent resurgence, the Mets’ staff ERA (4.96) was the third-worst in the majors entering Monday night’s game.
But Syndergaard, who bulked up during the offseason, doesn’t believe his workout program contributed to his injury. “I always pride myself in my tremendous work ethic and to train as hard as I possibly can,” he said. “It’s one of those things.”
In other injury news Monday, Neil Walker was running the bases in the afternoon. The second baseman has been on the DL since June 15 with a partially torn hamstring.
Send a Letter to the Editor