Noah Syndergaard was going to throw batting practice on Wednesday. And then he wasn’t. But the Mets said it wasn’t a setback.
“We decided we’re going to err on the side of precaution and give him some extra time,” manager Terry Collins said before the Mets hosted the Diamondbacks. “I think we were kind of pushing it, maybe a little fast, wanting to get him back and so we’re just going to delay it a day or so.”
Syndergaard has been out since April 30 with a torn lat muscle. Throwing batting practice can be the final step before a minor-league rehab assignment. It was with Matt Harvey, who is trying to come back from a stress injury in his right shoulder.
Collins said there was nothing new wrong with Syndergaard.
“We talked about it today,” Collins said. “We got a lot of people together — including the trainers and stuff — and they just said they’d like to take an extra day with him. So whether it’s [Thursday] or the next day, I think you’ll see it soon that he’ll throw to some hitters.”
Wright as rain
David Wright’s scheduled second rehab appearance for Single-A St. Lucie was rained out.
Wright has been taking ground balls at first base in Port St. Lucie, but the expectation is he will play third base as usual when he returns to defense. Collins said the hope is that will happen next week. Wright has missed the entire season because of back and shoulder issues.
Steven Matz had surgery on Wednesday to reposition the irritated ulnar nerve in his left elbow . . . Jeurys Familia threw a scoreless inning for the Brooklyn Cyclones in his second appearance in two days.