New York coach Luis Rojas said on Sunday that Syndergaard had an “unrelated baseball injury.” He confirmed that Syndergaard had been vaccinated.
Syndergaard – who turned 29 on Sunday – tweeted, “This birthday is so sick. “
This birthday is so sick. pic.twitter.com/EqGqwWUF1T
– Noah Syndergaard (@Noahsyndergaard) August 29, 2021
Syndergaard, who has not launched in the majors since September 29, 2019, underwent the operation just after the pandemic stopped in March 2020. He began a rehabilitation mission this spring, but left his second start. with Low-A St. Lucie in May. 26 with inflammation of the right elbow.
Syndergaard, who is expected to become a free agent after the season, did not play again until Thursday’s rehab exit, when he allowed a run in one set. Subsequently, he said he did not throw his cursor or curve ball because medics thought the low speed throws bothered his elbow.
With no time to build Syndergaard up to the workload of a typical starter, the Mets are hopeful he could join the team as a reliever. He was expected to pitch at least one round on Sunday for Single-A Brooklyn.
News of Syndergaard’s positive test result was first reported by Newsday.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.