Syndergaard (finger) getting closer to return to Mets


Noah Syndergaard might be back with the New York Mets in less than two weeks.

Out since May 26 because of a strained right index finger ligament, the right-hander is due to make his first rehab appearance Sunday for short-season Class-A Brooklyn. Syndergaard is scheduled to throw approximately 60 pitches.

"Obviously we'll see what he looked like in that outing, how he bounced back, how many pitches did he actually get in," Mets manager Mickey Callaway said Wednesday. "We'll lean on him for some of that information. Does he feel like he's ready to come up and throw four, five innings in a major league game? There's a lot of things to consider, and we'll try and consider all of those things. ...

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"He could be back before the All-Star break."

The New York Daily News reported that Syndergaard could be lined up for a July 13 start against the visiting Washington Nationals.

Syndergaard, 25, made it through a Tuesday simulated game without a setback.

In 11 starts for New York this year, Syndergaard is 4-1 with a 3.06 ERA. He has 76 strikeouts while issuing just 13 walks in 64 2/3 innings. The only time he allowed more than three runs was in the season opener, when he pitched six innings of four-run ball for a 9-4 victory over the visiting St. Louis Cardinals.

Syndergaard, in his fourth major league season, all with the Mets, has a career 28-19 record with a 2.92 ERA. He has 494 strikeouts and 90 walks in 73 games (72 starts).

--Field Level Media

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