Under a light drizzle on an otherwise unremarkable Saturday morning for the Mets, Noah Syndergaard played a wrestling match in the outfield at Yankee Stadium, a positive sign of his late return from Tommy John’s operation there. more than 15 months.
Syndergaard has been throwing lightly for about a week, manager Luis Rojas said. That’s more than a week ahead of the schedule revealed by the team in late May, when it was shut down for six weeks due to inflammation in his right elbow.
The Mets expect Syndergaard to return in early September.
âIf you see him launch before the six weeks, it’s because that was the plan, just to get him to play light marksmanship and start stretching,â Rojas said. “And then the six weeks was actually when he was playing wrestling, where he took more distance and let him feel better, all of those things.”
Already playing wrestling at 75 feet, Syndergaard will wait another week or two before throwing from the slope of the mound, according to Rojas.
The Mets expect right-hander Carlos Carrasco to make his team debut in late July or early August after an abbreviated rehab assignment.
Released in mid-March with a tear in his right hamstring, Carrasco could be activated before he’s fully stretched all the way to the usual six innings, completing his rehab in the majors.
“It’s something that he has done in the past and he and I have had conversations, he’s okay with doing that too – coming to the big league level, doing all three sets and progressing, also, while he’s throwing here, “Rojas says.
Carrasco kicked off their second full bullpen session on Saturday. In his prime, Rojas said his “fast ball speed was similar to mid-season.”
Southpaw David Peterson was diagnosed with a grade 1-2 right oblique strain, Rojas said. The Mets take a weekly approach with him.
Rojas said Peterson’s injury was “a little less serious” than that suffered by infielder Luis Guillorme in late April. Guillorme missed six weeks.
âThese things usually last up to eight weeks, but they think it will be a lot less than that, they just don’t want to commit to a specific time frame to get it back,â Rojas said.
New Mets pitch plan on Sunday: Marcus Stroman in Game 1 of a doubles program against the Yankees, TBD for the last drink.
Rojas said it will likely be a box game, with long reliever Corey Oswalt being the main candidate to pitch first. They will hold previously scheduled starter Tylor Megill on Monday against the Brewers.
This tweak came about because the Mets, who needed a starter for Monday anyway, wanted to enjoy the doubles in seven innings.
Minor changes looming
Owner Steve Cohen said he was “reviewing” the organization’s treatment of minor leagues after a group called Advocates for Minor Leaguers called out the Mets for pinching.
The Mets do not provide any housing allowance for Triple-A, Double-A or Low-A players, according to the group, which uses the @MiLBAdvocates Twitter account. In High-A, the team hotel is not fully covered, and in extended spring practices, players are not paid. The Phillies, for example, provide a housing allowance or fully cover the cost of a hotel at all levels.
âWe are investigating this and will have a full response by the end of next week,â Cohen tweeted on Saturday afternoon. “It was news to me and [I] want to be thoughtful and non-responsive in my actions. We also need to look at our treatment of coaches. “