Noah Syndergaard didn’t throw live to hitters on Wednesday, as had been scheduled, but Terry Collins said it was not due to a setback in his rehab from his torn lat muscle.
“We’re going to err on the side of caution and give him some extra time,’’ Collins said. “I think we were kind of pushing it a little fast, wanting to get him back.
“We talked about it today. We got a lot of people together, including the trainers, and they said they’d like to take an extra day. Whether it’s tomorrow or the next day, I think you’ll see it soon.”
Syndergaard, out since April 30th when he tore the last muscle in a game against the Nationals, threw off the mound in a bullpen session for the first time last Tuesday.
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At that time the Mets’ righthander raved about how good he felt physically, in part because of work he did during his rehab to improve his hip mobility.
“This is the best I’ve ever felt,’’ he said. “I just feel really free and light. I feel like my shoulder is functioning properly.”
MATZ HAS SURGERY
The Mets announced that Steven Matz underwent successful surgery on Wednesday to decompress and reposition the ulnar nerve in his left elbow.
The surgery is similar to what Jacob deGrom had in September last year, and he recovered in time for a normal spring training and regular season.
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The Mets are hoping for Matz to follow a similar timeline.
WRIGHT PLAYING AGAIN
David Wright was rained out on Wednesday in the Port St. Lucie minor-league lineup as a DH. He went 0-for-4 with two strikeouts Tuesday in his first game action since last year.
“He’s excited to be back in there,’’ said Collins, who spoke to Wright by phone on Wednesday. “He said he felt a little rusty, but he’s excited. He came out of it fine physically. Hopefully in the near future we’ll get him back on the defensive side as well.”
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The rainout may have changed the plan, but Collins earlier said Wright was to take Thursday off, resume working on taking ground balls and throwing. He said Wright hopes to play in a game defensively by sometime next week.
The plan is for Wright to play his old position, third base, but Collins said the Mets’ captain has also been taking ground balls at first base in Port St. Lucie.
HAPPY FOR BRUCE
Jay Bruce is thriving as a Cleveland Indian since being traded by the Mets. As of Wednesday he was hitting .340 in 13 games with five doubles and three home runs, with an on-base percentage of .404 and an OPS of 1.042.
“I’m glad for him,’’ Collins said. “He was bound and determined to have a great year. He came into my office in spring training and told me he wanted to hit clean-up, so I told him to go show me he deserved it. And he did.
“He played his tail off this year so it’s good to see him have success in Cleveland.”
The Mets snapped a three-game losing streak and are now 2-6 on this homestand…Terry Collins won his 536th game as Mets’ manager, tying Bobby Valentine for the second-most in franchise history. Only Davey Johnson (595) has more…Amed Rosario extended his hitting streak to six games. Since Aug. 11th, Rosario is hitting .348 (16-for-46) with a double, a triple, and three home runs.