After almost two years on the shelf, Thor is officially back. Noah Syndergaard will be on the mound for Game 2 of Tuesday night’s doubleheader against the Marlins, making his first major-league start since September 29, 2019. “Start” is admittedly a loose term here as the right-hander will probably serve as more of an opener, throwing an inning or two before handing off to the Mets’ bullpen. Syndergaard didn’t exceed 16 pitches in any of his three rehab appearances for High-A Brooklyn and Triple-A Syracuse.
A one-time All-Star and former first-round pick (the Mets acquired him from Toronto along with Travis d’Arnaud, John Buck and outfield prospect Wuilmer Becerra in 2012), Syndergaard underwent Tommy John surgery last spring after being diagnosed with a torn UCL in his throwing elbow. The 6’6” flamethrower began a minor-league rehab assignment in hopes of returning around the All-Star break but was shut down indefinitely after experiencing a setback in May.