Noah Syndergaard
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New York Mets right-handed pitcher Noah Syndergaard performed well in Tuesday’s rehab start for the Class A Brooklyn Cyclones.

New York Mets fans, rejoice. Thor is approaching his return to the mound at Citi Field.

On Tuesday, right-handed pitcher Noah Syndergaard pitched in a rehab start for the Class A Brooklyn Cyclones of the NY-Penn League. Syndergaard has been nursing a low-grade hamstring strain. He’s been on the IL since June 16 after suffering the injury in a game against the Saint Louis Cardinals the day before.

For the Cyclones, Syndergaard threw 67 pitches over five innings. He allowed three runs on five hits with no walks and nine strikeouts.

Obviously, Syndergaard doesn’t want to be in the position to pitch a rehab assignment in the first place. However, it had to be done, and after the game, Syndergaard admitted it wasn’t all that bad.

“Given the circumstances, it was kind of unfortunate that I had to come out here to do a rehab start, but it’s also a fun time coming out here. This is the grind, the minor leagues,” Syndergaard said following Tuesday’s game, per SNY. “It kind of just reminds me of why I play the game, the passion to continue to be the best and play the game that I love.”

Syndergaard could return to the mound for the Mets as early as this Sunday when the Mets face off against the Atlanta Braves at Citi Field.

Thus far through 15 starts in 2019, Syndergaard has posted a 5-4 record with a 4.55 ERA.

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Ryan Honey is a staff writer and host of the Wide Right Podcast.