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Noah Syndergaard leaves rehab game early, J.D. Davis returns to NYC to get checked out

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The news from the Mets’ rehab assignments tonight wasn’t ideal.

Noah Syndergaard throws a pitch during a start for the St. Lucie Mets on May 19, 2021.
Noah Syndergaard
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During a rehab start for the Low-A St. Lucie Mets, Noah Syndergaard left the game after just one inning with what the Mets described as soreness in his right elbow, and J.D. Davis missed his scheduled game with the Triple-A Syracuse Mets to return to New York City for treatment on his left hand. It was the hand injury that sent Davis to the injured list in the first place.

While it’s too soon to jump to any conclusions, neither update is great. Beleaguered by injuries, the Mets remain in first place in the National league East and could use as many reinforcements as possible in the short term. Right now, the team has 16 players on the IL.

Syndergaard underwent Tommy John surgery about fourteen months ago, and if he proves himself healthy enough to return, he would be a major boon to the Mets’ rotation. And Davis was one of the Mets’ very few hot hitters to start the 2021 season, as he had a .390/.479/.610 line with a 201 wRC+ before hitting the injured list.