Given the fact that he's the only stud pitcher in New York's staff that hasn't undergone surgery in the past year, this move comes as no surprise. Syndergaard seems to be in line to be the Mets' ace again this year and will look to build upon his stellar 2016 campaign, when he garnered 14 wins and a minuscule 2.60 ERA.
Syndergaard bulked up this offseason, adding 17 pounds of muscle, in an effort to help his stamina and improve his velocity, The NY Daily News reports. "I always want to throw harder and continue to make the game easier," Syndergaard said of the added strength. "I feel like last year, from my rookie season, my velocity jumped up from my rookie season to last year, so I'm always going to try to raise that kind of bar. Hopefully it allows me to go deeper into games with more ease, but (I am) also focused on paying a lot of attention to my flexibility. Pitching is not just max effort, it's about being fluid and having flexibility out there."
Thor averaged 98.0 mph on his fastball last season, so the thought of him adding velocity is a terrifying one for opposition hitters. He also developed a bone spur in his elbow, though, and given all the other injuries the Mets have dealt with in their starting rotation, there is some question about whether it's smart for Syndergaard to put any additional strain on his arm. He should be able top crack the 200-inning mark for the first time in 2017 if he stays healthy, however, and is among the preseason favorites for the NL Cy Young Award.
Syndergaard will not undergo surgery to remove a bone spur in his pitching elbow, Mike Puma of the New York Post reports.
The Mets acknowledged that the fireballer had a bone spur over the summer, but after further examination, doctors decided that the spur wasn't significant enough to require surgery. This means that Syndergaard should be able to continue his regular offseason program as scheduled and enter the 2017 season at 100 percent.
He was lined up to start Sunday, if it was a must-win game, but now the Mets can save Syndergaard for the postseason. His owners in single-season leagues can cut bait now. It is unclear who will take the ball Sunday in his stead.
Syndergaard (14-9) held the Marlins to one run on five hits over six innings Tuesday. He didn't issue a walk while striking out eight in the victory.
Syndergaard, who was embarrassed by the bottom-dwelling Braves in his last start, delivered a much-needed quality outing Tuesday. The sophomore's bounce-back performance certainly was a confidence booster, but more importantly, it provided the Mets with a pivotal win during their hunt for October. Through five starts this month, Syndergaard owns a 2.83 ERA with 34 strikeouts in 28.2 innings. He's scheduled to take the mound for the season finale in Philadelphia on Sunday, a game that could decide the Mets' postseason fate.
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|2010||R-Gcl Blue Jays||0||1||2.77||5||5||0||0||0||13.0||11||7||4||0||0||4||6|
|2011||R-Bluefield Blue Jays||4||0||1.41||7||5||0||0||0||32.0||23||5||5||1||0||11||37|
|2013||AFA-St. Lucie Mets||3||3||3.11||12||12||0||0||0||63.2||61||25||22||3||1||16||64|
|2014||AAA-Las Vegas 51s||9||7||4.60||26||26||0||0||0||133.0||154||77||68||11||6||43||145|
|2015||AAA-Las Vegas 51s||3||0||1.82||5||5||1||1||0||29.2||20||7||6||2||0||8||34|