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Noah Syndergaard threw off flat ground prior to tonight’s game and reportedly felt fine. That is certainly good news for the Mets, as Syndergaard is now scheduled to throw a bullpen session sometime tomorrow afternoon. Throwing off flat ground successfully is a huge step for the 23-year old flamethrower, as he is now cleared to be able to throw off a mound for the first time since his arm fatigue injury last Friday night. Syndergaard is currently on schedule to start Tuesday at Wrigley Field against the Cubs.
Despite taking early batting practice this afternoon, Yoenis Cespedes remains out of the starting lineup while he battles a lingering quadriceps injury. Cespedes, who was originally injured last Friday night, can still not fully run the bases and there is still no timetable as to when he will return to the starting lineup. Fortunately for the Mets they have plenty of outfield depth, but the Mets can’t afford to go a long stretch without their best player offensively. As for now we will continue to monitor Cespedes’ condition and consider him day-to-day.
Former Met and current Pirates pitcher Jon Niese was put on blast by his current GM Neal Huntington earlier today during a radio station interview. Huntington was asked about his offseason swap of Neil Walker for Jon Niese and openly admitted to regretting making the trade for Niese. He stated,”In hindsight, maybe the two fringe prospects and trying to figure out where to reallocate the money might have been a better return [for Walker],” Huntington told the radio station. “That’s where the results take us. … Given the thinness of the starting pitching market, given the dollars that we had available, we felt that was our best return, and it has not played out that way.” Yikes. Niese is currently on the trade block for the Pirates and has been demoted to the bullpen. The 29-year old lefty holds a 7-6 record with a 5.13 ERA over 18 starts this season.