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Noah syndergaard has tested positive for COVID-19, according to several journalists, including Tim Healey of Newsday Sports. The right-hander was due to make an appearance in rehab today as he continues his arduous journey back to the big leagues, which he hasn’t seen in nearly two years. Instead, it will be another setback in a full year of them for Syndergaard.
Since undergoing Tommy John surgery in March 2020, there have only been stoppages and starts for Thor in 2021. He first began rehab in May, but was later discontinued. only two starts due to inflammation of the elbow. He then entered a second period of rehabilitation on Thursday, pitching just one end, with the aim of returning as a reliever as there is not enough time in the season to stretch properly as a starter. . From now on, he will have to put everything on hold again because of this positive test.
This is yet another disappointment in a busy month for the Mets. After leading the NL East for much of the season, they went from 7 to 19 in August and now sit 7 1/2 games behind the Braves, with the Phillies between them. They were already facing a tough decision with Syndergaard, given that he is closing in on free agency and is a candidate for a qualifying bid. If he’s healthy he’s a potential starter at the top of the rotation and is definitely worth the money. But the club will have to judge its health based on the small sample of work it can produce in the dwindling number of games remaining. With yet another setback, the sample they will use to make this decision has now become even smaller.