ATLANTA — Noah Syndergaard is going into the offseason — and free agency — satisfied and convinced that he has proved himself healthy, he said Sunday.
Even though he threw only two innings after a two-year absence, cameos that featured fastball velocities in the mid-90s and no breaking balls, he nonetheless fulfilled his goal of returning from March 2020 Tommy John surgery.
"I definitely think I was able to showcase that I was healthy," he said. "Now it’s time to get back to the old Noah."
Syndergaard said he will be "full go," including throw sliders and curveballs, come spring training. He also expects his fastball velocity to return to its upper-90s norm next year.
His second appearance came at the start of the Mets’ season finale, a 5-0 loss to Atlanta. He gave up two runs and three hits in one inning. Atlanta hit him hard — including Jorge Soler’s 118-mph leadoff homer — as he threw 16 pitches (nine strikes).
Syndergaard reiterated afterward that he hopes to return to the Mets but noted that they have not discussed a new contract.
"It would be a tough pill to swallow, not wearing a Mets jersey next year," he said.
Surgery for Davis
J.D. Davis said he will have surgery Tuesday to repair a ligament in his left hand. That injury bothered him virtually the entire season, including during his second-half struggles when he lost his job as the starting third baseman.
He said he had "no idea" how the Mets decided on surgery — after saying for months it wouldn’t be needed — other than it didn’t heal the way team doctors thought it would.
A regular presence in trade rumors, Davis said his gut feeling is he won’t be with the Mets in 2022.
"I could be out of here. That’s where it’s leaning towards," he said. "There is the possibility that I could come back. I love New York, love the fans, love the city. So I don’t know. It’s a flip of a coin."
Free-agent-to-be Javier Baez said he was healthy despite not playing in the Mets’ final two games. Luis Rojas said Baez had "been through a lot" and there was "no point" in him playing. "Just being smart with it," Baez said. "Obviously trying to finish strong." . . . Aaron Loup finished with a 0.95 ERA, lowest in Mets history among pitchers who threw at least 20 innings. Second on that list: Jacob deGrom this year at 1.08.