The Mets have fallen far enough behind in the NL East standings in recent weeks that it is an open question whether or not they will be playing meaningful games in September this year. But if they are, they may have two of their best pitchers back in the fold to help them attempt a comeback, as the team provided positive updates on both Jacob deGrom and Noah Syndergaard. The former received a clean MRI and is prepared to begin throwing again, while the latter is set to begin a rehab assignment tomorrow in Brooklyn. The hope is that this development puts both pitchers in line to return for the final month of the season, with Syndergaard presumably being able to return sooner (and possibly in a relief role) than deGrom.
It is an open question as to whether their prospective returns would be enough to propel the Mets back into the postseason race, but it would certainly be a positive and comforting end to injury-hampered campaigns by both pitchers. A chance at a third Cy Young award has been stolen from deGrom’s grasp due to the lingering injuries and discomforts that have kept him out since the beginning of July, while Syndergaard has now missed almost two full seasons due to his recovery from Tommy John surgery. Both pitchers have experienced setbacks in their previous attempts to return to action, so it remains to be seen if things will be different this time around. For now, the Mets will take all the encouraging news they can get.