PORT ST. LUCIE — Noah Syndergaard can’t get over it. The Mets big righthander ran out of gas in the fourth inning Monday. Syndergaard came into camp fighting off some kind of bug and has not been able to shake it off.
“The doctors can’t seem to diagnose it,” said Syndergaard, who went home from camp early one day last week with what the team said was the flu. Syndergaard said he has not thought about taking a break to rest to just get rid of the bug.
“I just want to be ready for Opening Day,” Syndergaard said.
Terry Collins said Syndergaard had been pitching with bronchitis for the last 10 days.
“Sickness runs through a clubhouse. When it gets in there, it can run rampant,” the Mets manager said. “He’s like many people, including myself, when it gets in your lungs and they get bronchitis, it can affect you for a while. He’s fighting that, he is on medication, he is getting better.
“He just ran out of gas. Not only with being sick, but the point is, we had to get him to 65 pitches and that’s a lot — 80 some degrees with the humidity,” Collins said. “He got a little tired. I thought he threw the ball very, very well.”
Monday, Syndergaard’s fastball touched 98 miles an hour, but sat at 97 early. Working on a slide step to help him be quicker to the plate and control the opposition’s running game, Syndergaard’s fastball started floating over the middle of the plate as he ran out of gas.
“I felt OK for the first three innings,” Syndergaard said. “My delivery was all over the place. I got a little fatigued.”
Still, Syndergaard has looked ready to pitch Opening Day since his first bullpen session here. He came into camp with a redefined body after a winter of a new diet and workout regimen and hit 99 mph on the radar gun in his first spring start.
PRIME TIME PLAYERS
When he was traded to New York, Mike Piazza found he loved playing on the biggest stage in baseball. He sees that in the Mets’ current slugger, Yoenis Cespedes, as well.
“I think ultimately New York likes personality. He’s an interesting personality,” Piazza said of the Cuban slugger. “He has fun playing the game… He’s obviously been on a couple teams, now it seems likes he found a home here. Fans love him. He’s an exciting player, he’s a player who needs a big stage. I enjoyed the pressure. It made me a better player. It may have the same effect for him.”
The new Hall of Fame catcher caught up with Cespedes and other players Monday morning, in camp as a special instructor. He has worked with catcher Travis d’Arnaud in the past, as well as other catchers.
“He’s looking really good in spring training and you know I think it’s a natural maturation process for him,” Piazza said of d’Arnaud. “It’s just a question being No. 1 healthy and consistent as you can be. Looks like he is swinging the bat well. … I think he’s at a point in his career where he knows what kind of player he is, he knows when he is healthy what he can do.”
Brandon Nimmo was returning to Florida after pulling his right hamstring in a World Baseball Classic game Sunday. He is expected to be examined by team doctors, but initial exams on site were that he will need at least 14 days rest.
“Very disappointed, very very disappointed that he got hurt,” Collins said. “He was making a huge impact here. Obviously he made a huge impact in the WBC, so it really disappoints me he got injured. When he gets back here, he is not going to be able to perform.
“I wanted to get him in that lineup some more and in centerfield some more,” Collins said. “Obviously he’s going to miss some time, that’s disappointing.”
Published at Tue, 14 Mar 2017 03:26:19 +0000