New York Mets Amazin’ News, 7/18/17: Updates on Matt Harvey and Noah Syndergaard
Jun 29, 2016; Washington, DC, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Jacob deGrom (48), Mets starting pitcher Noah Syndergaard (34), and Mets starting pitcher Matt Harvey (33) walk to the dugout prior to their game against the Washington Nationals at Nationals Park. The Nationals won 4-2. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports

ESNY brings you the latest chatter surrounding the New York Mets. On tap today: Good news on some of the team’s walking wounded, including Matt Harvey and Noah Syndergaard.

Superheroes Pick Up Strange White Ball

Noah Syndergaard could barely contain his excitement Monday afternoon, taking to Twitter to wax poetic about a momentous occasion:

That’s right. Thor, along with the Dark Knight, Matt Harvey, were both at Citi Field Monday, throwing a ball around for the first time in, well, a long time.

Syndergaard has been out of action since May 1 with a partially torn lat muscle, while a broken shoulder sidelined Harvey in mid-June.

It feels like they’ve been out longer than that, especially in Thor’s case. That makes it somewhat hard to believe. The Mets understand that and were kind enough to provide the video proof to back up those claims.

After the session, both pitchers talked to reporters about how they were feeling. Syndergaard explained to MLB.com’s Anthony DiComo that it was tough for him not to get too pumped out on the field.

Harvey, meanwhile, was happy with the way he felt, noting that he’d been feeling pretty good for the past few weeks.

He later added that if anyone wants to point fingers at someone for his latest injury, those fingers should be pointed at him and not the team’s oft-maligned medical staff.

“It’s my fault for . I should’ve said a lot more earlier,” Harvey told the New York Post‘s Zach Braziller. “Maybe I would’ve missed a start or two here and there, but wanting to be out there more and not missing time, I pushed through it, and obviously ran into a wall.”

This is just the next step in what continues to be a long process for the pair to get back on the field. It’ll be weeks before talk of a potential return date for either one can even begin to be discussed.

But maybe having these guys around their teammates once again—even if it’s just a few days—will help get things moving in the right direction.

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Walker Does More Than Walk

Second baseman Neil Walker joined Harvey on the disabled list in mid-June with a partially-torn left hamstring. It’s the kind of injury that most, myself included, would think is enough to keep anyone, even a professional athlete, down for quite some time.

But roughly a month after suffering the injury, Walker was back on the field testing his leg, per DiComo.

Walker’s presence in the middle of the infield and the lineup has been missed.

The 31-year-old was in the middle of another solid season for the Mets when he was injured, hitting .270 with 24 extra-base hits (nine home runs), 33 RBI and a .820 OPS in 60 games.

While it’s highly unlikely that he’ll be back in the majors before the July 31 non-waiver trade deadline, a healthy Walker could find himself the subject of August trade rumors.

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Rick Weiner

I’ve been dunked on by Shaq and yelled at by Mickey Mantle. ESNY Editor In Chief. UMass alum. Former National Columnist w/Bleacher Report & former member of NY Knicks Basketball Ops department. Nephew of Rock & Roll Royalty.