Mets' Luis Rojas on Noah Syndergaard's throwing session: 'I heard he threw one at 97 [mph]'

  • Oops!
    Something went wrong.
    Please try again later.
  • Oops!
    Something went wrong.
    Please try again later.
Colin Martin
·1 min read
  • Oops!
    Something went wrong.
    Please try again later.
  • Oops!
    Something went wrong.
    Please try again later.
Noah Syndergaard fires a pitch during a bullpen session at 2021 spring training
Noah Syndergaard fires a pitch during a bullpen session at 2021 spring training

Mets manager Luis Rojas spoke to reporters via Zoom ahead of the team's game against the Washington Nationals on Friday night.

He gave a promising update on starter Noah Syndergaard, who's been rehabbing from Tommy John surgery and is expected to return to the team around June.

"So I heard he threw one at 97 [mph]," Rojas said. "I can share that. I don't know if he was trying to throw at 97 [mph]. I know we're working on a progression with him. But it's just exciting to hear that. His control, not max effort, just working on his changeup a lot. His changeup is developing into a nasty pitch right now. And he's throwing his share of sliders in there as well. Sinker, four seam, doing all those things, playing with it.

"He's throwing at a percentage, he's in a progression, and he hit 97 [mph] the other day. So things are moving not normally of course, because nobody, 97 [mph] we talked about June. He's just working hard. A small group was here yesterday, I want to share this, just doing rehab and treatment, and stuff like that. It's a full day off, and he happened to be here playing catch, and he's in unbelievable shape as you guys know."

Mets ace Jacob deGrom spoke earlier in the day on Friday, commenting on what he's seen from Syndergaard so far in spring training.

"From what I’ve seen, it looks like he’s ready to pitch... It's definitely exciting knowing that we're gonna have him back in the rotation... Seeing his bullpens and stuff, it's been fun to watch," said deGrom.