Here is the latest news and possible return dates for Mets players on the IL…
J.D. Davis (left hand sprain)
The Mets placed Davis on the 10-day IL Sept. 26, retroactive to Sept. 23, with a left hand sprain. Manager Luis Rojas said on Sept. 26 that the decision to move Davis was not a result of the Mets’ Sept. 25 postseason elimination.
“He’s been playing,” Rojas said. “He played the two games and this is something that just happened and wasn’t able to, in any other games that we had — the first two, he wasn’t able to come off the bench. And we needed the extra pitcher (Sept. 26), because Trevor Williams is going to start one of the two games (Sept. 28). So that’s what the move is coming from, more than anything. And now, it’s just the end of the year for him. But he should be fine after this.”
“I’m pretty sure it’s related (to his previous injury),” Rojas said. “Just talking to him and he was describing it similar to two, three months ago. Similar spot. It’s not pain like he had, like shooting, shooting pain. But it’s enough to get in the way for him just swinging at his best and doing his best for the remainder of the season.”
The 3B last played Sept. 22 against the Boston Red Sox, an 0-for-3 performance at the plate with a walk and run scored. He batted .285 on the 2021 season with five home runs and 23 RBI but struggled lately, hitting .208 (5 for 24) with one RBI over his last 15 games.
Potential Return Date: N/A
Noah Syndergaard (TJS recovery)
Syndergaard struck out two and allowed a hit in his lone inning with Triple-A Syracuse Sept. 25. Rojas said Syndergaard’s line was “very encouraging to hear” but the Mets have not yet discussed the next steps for the right-hander.
After a positive COVID-19 diagnosis caused Syndergaard to pause his rehab, the right-hander was finally back on the mound Sept. 22 for the Syracuse Mets.
Syndergaard threw 12 pitches, 10 of them for strikes, and sat in the 93-94 range.
The Mets had previously said that Syndergaard would likely make two rehab starts – this was his second.
The expectation remains that Syndergaard will return in a bullpen role before the end of the season.
Potential Return Date: Late September
Jacob deGrom (elbow inflammation)
Rojas said deGrom threw a 25-pitch side session Sept. 24, and the right-hander “felt good” afterwards.
Per Rojas, the Mets have not yet had talks about what could come next for the two-time Cy Young winner.
DeGrom threw 20 pitches off the mound Sept. 21 at Fenway Park in Boston.
Asked if he still expects to return before the end of the regular season, which is Oct. 3, deGrom said yes.
“If everything keeps going well,” he said. “I feel good.”
DeGrom has not pitched since July 7 due to an elbow injury.
Sept. 9, after Mets president Sandy Alderson said deGrom had been dealing with a slight UCL tear that resolved itself, deGrom said his UCL was “perfectly fine.”
Potential return date: Late September
Robert Gsellman (lat)
Gsellman tossed an inning for Triple-A Syracuse Sept. 25 and allowed two runs on three hits. In his last appearance for Low-A St. Lucie, he allowed three earned runs and three hits while striking out one over 0.2 innings.
The right-hander has been on the 60-day IL since June 23 with a lat issue, but could be back in the bullpen later this year to finish the regular season.
Gsellman last pitched June 19 against the Washington Nationals, when he allowed one run on three hits in 2.0 innings while serving as the opener.
Potential return date: Late September
Drew Smith (right shoulder inflammation)
The Mets announced Aug. 14 that Smith was on the 10-day injured list with right shoulder inflammation.
The 27-year-old Smith, who last pitched Aug. 13, has appeared in 31 games for the Mets this season, pitching to a 2.40 ERA with 41 strikeouts in 41.1 innings.
Potential return date: TBD
Source: Yahoo Sports