Mets' Luis Rojas updates recovery of Noah Syndergaard, who is 'maybe a little bit ahead of schedule'

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Noah Syndergaard throwing Mets
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Mets manager Luis Rojas gave a promising update Wednesday regarding the status of Noah Syndergaard, who is working his way back from Tommy John surgery.

Rojas said he has seen the rehab videos posted by Syndergaard -- who has been in regular contact with pitching coach Jeremy Hefner -- and provided some additional insight into where Syndergaard is at.

"He has been throwing off the slope (of the mound). I'm sure it's been out there to the public that he's been progressing that way," Rojas told reporters via Zoom. "From what I've heard, he's on schedule or maybe a little bit ahead of schedule.

"You know how Noah works and goes about it. He's a hard worker. He's a guy that was gonna face this surgery and rehab the best you could face it. He's doing it as we expected and the timeline still remains to be known. But he's in a good spot right now, physically and (with the) rehabbing of his surgery."

On Nov. 12, Syndergaard posted a video of himself throwing indoors from the rubber. That followed a video he posted on July 31 where he was throwing on flat ground in Florida.

Ordinarily, pitchers recovering from Tommy John surgery throw from a short distance first, then longer distances, then the slope of the mound, and eventually the rubber. 

While recovery for pitchers usually ranges from 12-to-18 months, Syndergaard said on May 9 that he "fully" intended to be ready for Opening Day of 2021.

"I think this is the best time to [rehab] considering there is no baseball right now, but I fully intend to be ready for next Opening Day, but doing it in a smart way," Syndergaard said, according to the New York Post. "The rehab is 12-to-15 months and I see that as a competition."

While it might still be unrealistic to expect Syndergaard to be ready for Opening Day, the news that he is perhaps ahead of schedule would seemingly put him on track to be back sooner rather than later.

SNY's Andy Martino reported in March that a "reasonable expectation" for Syndergaard's return was Memorial Day of the 2021 season.