Noah Syndergaard is set to make his Citi Field return on Friday night, though he won’t be in line to pitch this weekend as his new team, the Phillies, get set to take on the Mets in Queens.
But the former Met righty still caught up with the New York media and revealed that part of his decision to sign with the Angels this past offseason instead of returning to the Mets was the desire to not have his health as much under the microscope as it may have been in the Big Apple market.
“My health is great,” Syndergaard said. “Part of the reason why I still made the move to the Angels, to the west coast, is because that energy that can make New York so great and positive can also bite you in the butt a little bit. Especially with what I’m going through right now, with the dip in velocity and relying on location and mixing things up. I feel like if I was doing that playing here, everything would be highlighted.
“That’s one of the reasons why I went over to the west coast, so I can kind of get my bearings underneath me, and get back to feeling like my old self.”
Syndergaard spent most of the final months of his Mets tenure rehabbing from Tommy John surgery, then after receiving what he described as “radio silence” from Mets camp while he was being courted by the Angels, signed with the Halos before being dealt to the Phillies at the deadline.
Now, he’s back in the NL East, but has no regrets of leaving New York.
“It was only a one-year deal,” Syndergaard said. “It wasn't like I signed for 10 years with the Yankees. I just needed a little break.”
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