For the first time in two years, a revitalized blonde-haired Thor makes his comeback for the Mets.
Noah Syndergaard came off the injured list on Tuesday afternoon, ahead of the team’s doubleheader against the Marlins. He will start Game 2 for the Mets, the club announced, his first major-league outing since Sept. 29, 2019.
Syndergaard underwent Tommy John surgery in March 2020, just after the pandemic stopped spring training last year. He enjoyed a mostly smooth rehab journey until May 2021, when he was forced to stall his encouraging rehab assignments due to a major setback.
The right-hander went back to work at the end of August, removing his slider and curveball from his arsenal following doctor’s orders. The amount of torque he uses on breaking balls caused that late-May setback, Syndergaard told reporters in August.
After another pause in his workload due to testing positive for COVID-19, Syndergaard completed two rehab starts, pitching one inning each, this month before receiving the green light from the Mets to join the active roster. Overall, he appeared in five minor-league rehab games this year, going 0-0 with a 1.13 ERA (one earned run in eight innings) with one walk and nine strikeouts.
Syndergaard becomes a free agent after the 2021 season. The expectation, before his early-summer setback, was that he would return to the Mets rotation in time to help the club in a pennant race. But he’s too late.
Syndergaard will start on Tuesday against the Marlins with the Mets already eliminated from playoff contention. He will make his Tommy John comeback anyway, to prove to the club — and himself — that he’s healthy and ready to pitch in the big leagues again.