Mets have no complaints over Noah Syndergaard timeline


Noah Syndergaard’s rehab from Tommy John surgery is apparently progressing as the Mets had hoped.

Manager Luis Rojas, on a Zoom call, divulged Wednesday that the right-hander is “on schedule or maybe a little bit ahead of schedule” in his workouts before team president Sandy Alderson offered a more concise timeline, telling WFAN a “reasonable expectation” is Syndergaard will return at some point in June.

Syndergaard underwent the surgery on March 26, and typical rehab is 14-18 months. He has been rehabbing in Florida and recently posted a video of himself throwing from the slope of the mound.

“He’s a hard worker, so he’s a guy that was going to face this surgery and rehab the best you can face it,” Rojas said. “He’s in a good spot right now, physically and rehabbing from his surgery.”

Alderson joked about Syndergaard’s shirtless physique in the videos.

“I think he’s ready right now for like a Spartacus competition,” Alderson said on WFAN.

Dave Jauss was officially named the Mets bench coach, and Rojas indicated pitching coach Jeremy Hefner will return, with hitting coach Chili Davis also expected back. Beyond that, Rojas indicated there are discussions about potential new titles for coaches and additions to the staff.

Gary DiSarcina (third base), Tony DeFrancesco (first base), Ricky Bones (bullpen), Brian Schneider (quality control), Jeremy Accardo (assistant pitching) and Tom Slater (assistant hitting) were the other members of the coaching staff last season. Jauss replaced Hensley Meulens, who wasn’t retained.

Davis worked remotely last season from his home in Arizona because of COVID-19 concerns.

Rojas indicated he spoke with Robinson Cano after the second baseman was suspended for the season for testing positive for a banned performance enhancing drug. It was Cano’s second career PED suspension.

“I was shocked when it happened, obviously disappointed at the time as well, knowing the suspension,” Rojas said. “Robinson is a great human being, and he’s always been a great presence in the clubhouse with the rest of the guys and the coaching staff, including myself. I called him to support him in tough times. I am sure it will be tough times for him next year, not being able to participate in games.”

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