Noah Syndergaard stood on the mound for the Brooklyn Cyclones Thursday night, throwing against Class A hitters in the Coney Island stadium that overlooks the beach and the amusement park. But he didn’t look like Coney Island’s finest.
He has been out of the Mets’ picture since partially tearing his right lat against the Nationals on April 30 in his fifth start. This second rehab start lasted two innings against the Staten Island Yankees at MCU Park. Syndergaard felt good about his velocity, the command not so much.
The 25-year-old righthander threw 26 of his 36 pitches for strikes but allowed three runs and three hits — a lined single, a rocketed two-run double and a misplayed RBI triple. He also walked two and fanned two.
Afterward, Syndergaard threw mixed messages.
On the one hand, he said, “I feel like I’m ready to go.”
On the other hand, he said, “I felt pretty tired after that work right there.”
Syndergaard walked the leadoff batter in both innings. He said his command “was a lot better” in his one-inning, 18-pitch first start in the Gulf Coast League. He described his command this time as “kind of crap.”
“I walked in from the bullpen; I felt amazing,” Syndergaard said. “I got out there and tried to do a little bit too much and kind of let the anxiety of being in an actual game get to me a little bit. But overall I thought it was a step in the right direction.”
He’s determined to step back in with the Mets before the end of the season.
“I don’t want to let 10 months go by without me being in a big-league baseball game,” Syndergaard said. “A lot of guys, when they go that route, it takes them a little bit of time to get back going and knock the rust off . . .
“I don’t really know the route the team wants me to take, whether it’s coming out of the bullpen or me coming as a starter. I just want to be out there and prove that I can stay healthy.”