Syndergaard to start at Triple-A on Saturday

September 25th, 2021

MILWAUKEE -- Noah Syndergaard will start at Triple-A Syracuse on Saturday as he continues his journey back to the Mets' starting rotation after missing more than a year while recovering Tommy John surgery.

Syndergaard, whose rehab was delayed by a positive COVID-19 test last month, pitched about as well as anyone could have hoped in his first outing back Wednesday against Scranton Wilkes-Barre.

He needed just 11 pitches to get through a perfect inning while hitting 95 MPH on the radar gun.

Mets manager Luis Rojas said the team would decide the next step for Syndergaard after that outing. With a doubleheader Tuesday against the Marlins, the team would likely need an extra pitcher at some point in that series, but Rojas said using Syndergaard in any specific capacity hasn't been discussed yet.

"He's pitching tomorrow and we'll discuss the next step after his outing," Rojas said.

Jacob deGrom has been making progress, as well. Out since mid-July because of tightness in his right forearm, deGrom threw 25 pitches without issue during a side session Friday in Milwaukee.

It was too early to make any definitive call on his next steps, either, but nonetheless, Rojas was encouraged that deGrom would return at some point before the end of the season.

"I haven't talked to our performance staff or pitching coaches about what's next for him, but he said he felt pretty good," Rojas said. "He talks about wanting to pitch all the time. We want him to go out there and pitch."

Setting the rotation
The Mets flip-flopped starting pitchers for the remainder of the series. Left-hander Rich Hill (6-7, 3.87) will go up against Milwaukee's Corbin Burnes on Saturday while right-hander Carlos Carrasco (1-3, 5.24) will take the mound in the series finale Sunday against right-hander Freddy Peralta.

Rojas said there wasn't anything significant about the change other than the two pitchers deciding who would rather get an extra day between starts thanks to the off-days that bookended the Mets' two-game Interleague set in Boston earlier in the week.

"Rich wanted to come in and pitch Saturday and Carrasco was OK with it," Rojas said.

Old friends
Before the game, the Brewers added three players to their Wall of Honor outside American Family Field and two of those honorees -- right-handed reliever Francisco Rodríguez and outfielder Carlos Gómez -- also spent time with the Mets.

During his speech, Gómez also thanked the Mets, who signed him as a 16-year-old international free agent in 2002. He made his MLB debut with the team five years later and batted .232 with two home runs and 12 RBIs before being traded to the Twins in Feb. 2008 as part of the deal for Johan Santana.

Gómez almost returned to the Mets in 2015. Brewers GM Doug Melvin had reportedly agreed on a deal to send him to the Mets for Wilmer Flores and Zack Wheeler. The trade fell through and Gómez went to the Astros two days later instead.

Rodríguez saved 83 games after signing a five-year, $37 million contract in 2009. The Mets dealt him to Milwaukee during the 2011 All-Star game and he helped lead the Brewers to the 2011 NL Central title that season.