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Syndergaard nears return, Bruce suffers setback, Vargas timetable unknown

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One step forward, two steps back.

New York Yankees v New York Mets Photo by Rich Schultz/Getty Images

The Mets updated the press on a number of injuries this afternoon, highlighted by the news that, provided his bullpen tomorrow goes well, Noah Syndergaard will start for the Mets on Friday against the Nationals.

Syndergaard was placed on the disabled list retroactive to May 26th due to a strained right index finger. Prior to the injury, Syndergaard made 11 starts for the Mets, pitching to a 3.06 ERA with 76 strikeouts in 64 and two-thirds innings.

Jason Vargas, who hit the DL with a strained calf on June 24th, is also making progress in his return to the majors, though the Mets are unsure whether or not he needs another rehab appearance before joining the club. Due to the uncertainty and timing, it would appear that he would not return before the All-Star break.

Finally, Jay Bruce experienced a setback while rehabbing his injured right hip. Bruce had resumed baseball activities, but ‘felt something in his hip,’ according to SNY’s Steve Gelbs. He will be shut down for ten days and then re-evaluated.

Just yesterday, the Mets placed Todd Frazier on the DL with a left rib-cage strain.