New York Mets right-hander Noah Syndergaard missed most of the 2017 with a partially torn lat muscle that kept him on the shelf from May until the beginning of September.
Syndergaard made just five starts before the injury on April 30. He would pitch in two rehab games in the minors before returning to the big leagues on Sept. 23 against the Washington Nationals tossing one scoreless inning. Then on Oct. 1 he pitched two scoreless innings to finish his 2017 season.
That string of appearances helped Syndergaard get ready for 2018 season according to what he told Bill Whitehead of the Associated Press, “You don’t want to go into the offseason in a rehab protocol. I worked so hard for four months that I felt I needed a little bit of a reward to go out there and have success and show that I can come back from a serious injury like that healthy.”
The young fireballer went 1-2 with a 2.97 ERA, 1.06 WHIP, 1.31 FIP and had 34 strikeouts compared to only three walks in his 30.1 big league innings last season.
Syndergaard is also confident that pitching staff will perform if healthy, “I think if the pitching stays healthy, it’ll be a very interesting season. Interesting in a good way, though.”
Noah is among a group of players that are already in Port St. Lucie doing workouts. Jacob deGrom, Wilmer Flores, Amed Rosario, Brandon Nimmo, Juan Lagares. Yoenis Cespedes, Travis d’Arnaud, Tomas Nido and Chris Flexen are among the group that participated in workouts on Wednesday.
Syndergard has focused the offseason on being more flexible and athletic as he told Kevin Kernan of the New York Post, “I was wound tight and couldn’t move all that well so that is something I worked on this year, a lot of mobility work to get my hips and my core to work in synergy.”