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Noah Syndergaard trying not to think about potential call-up

The Mets' top prospect hasn't been great to start 2015, but he insists his elbow is feeling 100 percent and that he's no longer worrying about a big league promotion.

Noah Syndergaard.
Noah Syndergaard.
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In his first two starts of 2015, Noah Syndergaard has a 4.70 ERA and has struggled with his command, walking six batters in 7 2/3 innings for Triple-A Las Vegas. After experiencing some elbow soreness during spring training, the Mets have made sure to keep his pitch count low to start the year, but the right-hander told the Las-Vegas Review-Journal after his last start that his elbow feels completely healthy.

"My elbow feels great now," Syndergaard said Friday. "It was just a little flareup, a little tendinitis that was bothering me. It was nothing major, but it was at the same time as (Zack) Wheeler had his Tommy John (surgery) and (Josh) Edgin as well."

The 22-year-old had a 4.60 ERA and 1.48 WHIP in 133 innings last year for Las Vegas, leading the Pacific Coast League with 145 strikeouts. He never got the call-up to the big leagues that he expected, and admits that he spent way too much time thinking about his potential promotion to the majors last season.

Syndergaard should make his major league debut at some point this season, and while he's trying not to think about a call-up, he certainly does have some major expectations for himself.

"Nobody wants to be the best pitcher in the PCL. They want to be the best pitcher in the world, and they want to compete against the best people in the world" Syndergaard said.

To read more about Syndergaard's maturation, check out Todd Dewey's story here.