The Mets announced today that they’ve activated right-hander Noah Syndergaard from the 10-day disabled list. Left-hander P.J. Conlon was optioned to Triple-A Las Vegas in order to open a spot on the active roster.
Syndergaard, 25, has been out since late May with a ligament injury in his right index finger, but he’ll now rejoin the rotation just weeks before the non-waiver trade deadline. In his absence, the Mets have declared themselves to be sellers and will reportedly at least entertain trade offers on both Syndergaard and Jacob deGrom, though the asking price on either hurler is assured to be staggering. Syndergaard, after all, is controlled through the 2021 season and is still plenty affordable, earning $2.975MM this season after avoiding arbitration as a Super Two player in the offseason.
Though he’s missed ample time due to a lat tear and the aforementioned finger injury over the past two seasons, Syndergaard has been nothing short of dominant when healthy enough to take the hill. He boasts a 3.06 ERA with 10.6 K/9, 1.8 BB/9, 0.7 HR/9 and a 47.7 percent ground-ball rate through 64 2/3 innings so far in 2018. Dating back to his debut season in 2015 (when he finished fourth in NL Rookie of the Year voting), Syndergaard has a career 2.92 ERA with 10.4 K/9, 1.9 BB/9, a 13.6 percent swinging-strike rate and an average fastball velocity of 97.6 mph through 428 2/3 innings.