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Mets’ Noah Syndergaard back after 2 years, Jacob deGrom done for season

Mets, Noah Syndergaard, Jacob deGrom

New York Mets right-hander Noah Syndergaard hasn’t pitched in the majors in two years, but he’s finally going to change that on Tuesday night. Syndergaard has been reinstated from the 60-day IL and is set to start Game 2 of a doubleheader against the Miami Marlins at Citi Field just one day before the two-year anniversary of his last MLB appearance.

Thor underwent Tommy John surgery in 2019. The Mets were hoping Syndergaard would be back earlier this year, but numerous setbacks kept him from the majors. He had elbow tightness during a minor league rehab start and then tested positive for COVID-19 later in the summer.

Once a key part of a promising Mets pitching staff, Syndergaard’s future is unclear after this lengthy absence. He’s set to be a free agent after this season. He’s currently being advised not to throw breaking balls, so he was sticking with fastballs and changeups in recent Triple-A starts. He’ll likely just be used as an opener on Tuesday.

While Syndergaard is back, Jacob deGrom is officially done for the season. The Mets ace hadn’t pitched since early July due to a UCL strain. While the star pitcher doesn’t need surgery on the ligament and could pitch if needed, there’s no point in pitching him anymore this season with New York eliminated from playoff contention.

The right-hander was well on his way to winning the NL Cy Young Award, boasting a ridiculous 1.08 ERA in 92 innings. He won consecutive Cy Young Awards in 2018 and 2019, and he finished third in 2020.

Jacob deGrom should be good to go for 2021.