Noah Syndergaard could pitch out of bullpen upon return

Noah Syndergaard fires a pitch during a bullpen session at 2021 spring training

Noah Syndergaard fires a pitch during a bullpen session at 2021 spring training

Here is the latest news and possible return dates for Mets players on the IL…

Noah Syndergaard (TJS recovery)

Zack Scott previously mentioned on July 26 that Syndergaard could perhaps work out of the bullpen when he returns, and the acting GM reiterated that point on August 10.

“He’s someone that obviously has a lot of talent, has the potential to impact the game, and at this point of the year, we just mentioned sense of urgency, coming in and contributing in a shorter relief outing, whether that’s a two or three inning outing or whatever it may be, I think getting him to help the big league club is the priority when you get down to these last couple months of the season. … Getting him back in September in a role where he can help the club in relief would be a good thing for us to do.”

Syndergaard is about to take a huge step toward his return, with him set to face batters “soon,” Rojas said on Aug. 5.

“That’s the plan,” Rojas told reporters via Zoom. “For him to start facing hitters and — you guys, you know the progression. You saw how Cookie (Carlos Carrasco) went about it. He did the one inning, he did the up and down, and then we started doing some things. But that’s soon. I don’t think it’s next week yet, but that will be happening soon.”

Once Syndergaard faces batters, the next step would likely be a rehab assignment. And when it comes to how long that rehab assignment is, that could depend on the role the Mets envision for Syndergaard upon his return.

Potential return date: Sept. 1

Javier Baez (hip tightness)

The Mets released their lineup to start the Nationals series at Citi Field on Tuesday, and Baez was not on it.

Luis Rojas said, however, that Baez’s tightness is “moreso in his lower back” instead of the left hip now. There’s a slim chance he could be used off the bench and the Mets will continue to monitor him moving forward.

The shortstop suffered left hip tightness and was removed from Sunday’s game in the fifth inning against the Phillies.

Potential return date: TBD

Francisco Lindor (oblique)

Lindor spoke with reporters before the Mets’ game against the Phillies on Saturday, Aug. 7. Though he said he’s feeling good (“I can’t complain”), he added that he was unsure on the specifics of when he might return. Acting GM Zack Scott had said previously a mid-to-late August return could be possible.

“I ain’t gonna give you guys much,” Lindor said, addressing reporters. “I don’t know, I really don’t know. I’m sorry, I really don’t know.”

Lindor added that he has taken some dry swings and some swings off the tee, and he was also seen doing some running before the game.

“It sucks. I wanna be there, I wanna help them out,” he said of his teammates. “We’re not getting the results we wanna get. I would love to be with them. I would love to struggle with them.”

Manager Luis Rojas added on Aug. 7 that Lindor is taking ground balls and playing catch, and testing his oblique in “live action.”

He added that Lindor is “progressing well” but is still “week-to-week” without a timetable. His next step will be taking BP, then facing pitchers, Rojas said.

Potential return date: Mid-to-late August

Jacob deGrom (elbow inflammation)

Speaking on Aug. 3, deGrom called his injury “frustrating” and “concerning,” but added that he feels better this week.

Still, he is a long way off from potentially returning to the mound, needing to wait 10 more days before receiving another MRI on his elbow. The recent MRI revealed inflammation, but no structural damage, necessitating the two-week shutdown he is in the midst of.

DeGrom said the hope is that he’ll be able to be back pitching in late-August, but later added that he doesn’t know what the best case scenario is for his return date.

Asked whether he feared he might miss the remainder of the season, deGrom said there is no concern right now about that possibility.

Potential return date: September

Luis Guillorme (hamstring)

Guillorme landed on the IL on Aug. 1 after suffering a hamstring strain while running the bases on July 31.

Mets manager Luis Rojas said the strain is a one and a half, with there being no current timeline for Guillorme’s return.

Potential return date: TBD

Jose Peraza (fractured middle finger)

Peraza took grounders at Citi Field on July 23 while still wearing a splint on his finger, which he is not close to being rid of.

Peraza was placed on the 10-day IL on July 20 with a fractured right middle finger. Over 52 games, he’s batting .205 with six home runs and 19 RBI.

Potential return date: TBD

David Peterson (right oblique strain, right foot fracture)

The Mets transferred Peterson to the 60-day IL on July 24 to make room on the 40-man roster for Mark Payton, who was acquired from Cincinnati. But when Peterson was transferred to the 60-day IL, it was announced that he had suffered a Jones fracture of the fifth metatarsal on his right foot. He had surgery on the injury on July 27.

Potential return date: TBD

Corey Oswalt (right knee inflammation)

The Mets announced on July 6 that Oswalt has been placed on the 10-day IL, retroactive to July 5, with right knee inflammation.

The 27-year old Oswalt started for the Mets on July 4, allowing three earned runs over 4.0 innings of work against the Yankees.

Potential return date: TBD

Robert Gsellman (lat)

The Mets transferred Gsellman to the 60-day IL on June 23, shortly after he was shut down from throwing for six weeks due to a lat injury.

Gsellman last pitched on June 19 against the Washington Nationals, when he allowed one run on three hits in 2.0 innings while serving as the opener.

Potential return date: September

Joey Lucchesi (Tommy John surgery) and Dellin Betances (shoulder surgery) are out for the season

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