Noah Syndergaard’s bullpen session at Yankee Stadium lasted just 20 pitches, and the Mets righthander didn’t throw at full intensity. But it nevertheless represented a major hurdle cleared in his quest to return before season’s end.
“Honestly, it felt like I didn’t take any time off,” Syndergaard said on Tuesday. “I’ve been working on increasing my mobility and I really was able to just feel it out there on the mound today.”
Syndergaard hadn’t thrown off the mound since April 30 when he suffered a partially torn lat muscle — an injury that helped turn the Mets’ season of expectations into one of disappointment. Still, he intends to make a return, which manager Terry Collins hopes will bring some “peace of mind.”
Said Syndergaard: “Regardless of what our future is for the rest of the season, I haven’t pitched in a game since April 30, so I just don’t want to shut it down for the rest of the season, not compete in a game for eight or nine months.”
After criticism regarding a workout routine that left him more bulked up, Syndergaard has shifted gears somewhat, looking to improve hip mobility that he hopes makes it easier for his shoulder to fire. But he still intends to be mindful of gaining strength.
Said Syndergaard: “This is the best my body’s felt.”
Matt Harvey’s minor-league rehab will continue on Wednesday with Class-A Brooklyn. He’s expected to throw around 50 pitches . . . Jeurys Familia’s rehab debut was bumped back a day to Wednesday. He’ll pitch for Class-A Port St. Lucie . . . The Mets traded cash to the Rangers to acquire minor-leaguer outfielder Travis Snider, who was assigned to Triple-A. The Mets also signed righty Neil Wagner to a minor-league deal and assigned him to Triple-A . . . The Mets requested release waivers on Fernando Salas, who was designated for assignment last week.