Noah Syndergaard looked to be in good form during his rehab assignment start with the Class-A Brooklyn Cyclones on Sunday, July 8.
Though he struggled to gain control over the ball in the first inning, allowing the only run to score in the first inning on a wild pitch, Syndergaard settled into a nice rhythm for the duration of his outing. Syndergaard retired 12 of the last 15 batters he faced. He used his entire pitching repertoire, and threw 71 pitches over five innings, allowing just one earned run on two hits, and walking just one batter while striking out seven.
“I feel pretty comfortable using all my pitches,” said Syndergaard.
Syndergaard, who was put on the disabled list at the end of May with a strained right index finger, was supposed to be back in the Majors last month without a rehab assignment, but he continued feeling pain in his finger, leading to a longer DL stint.
“Overall, the finger was holding up nice, feels good, and I just can’t wait to get back out there in a big-league setting,” said Syndergaard.
Before landing on the DL, Syndergaard was 4-1 with a 3.06 ERA in 11 starts. Syndergaard has been a preseason CY Young Award candidate over the past two years, but has only made 18 starts since the beginning of last season.
New York Mets manager Mickey Callaway said that Syndergaard should be back in the pitching rotation to start one of the Mets' final three games before the All-Star break.