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Noah Syndergaard has ‘no regrets’ over how injury saga played out

Noah Syndergaard expressed “no regrets” over how he handled injuries earlier this season during an interview Thursday on WFAN’s “Boomer and Carton.”

The New York Mets pitcher came under fire over in late April over how things played out after a bout with biceps tendinitis, which prompted him to miss a scheduled start on April 27. Syndergaard then declined to have an MRI, instead opting to pitch on April 29.

Syndergaard lasted only 1.1 innings in that game, surrendering five earned runs. It was determined Syndergaard suffered a lat tear, which prompted the Mets to place him on the 30-day DL May 1. He was transferred to the 60-day DL a week later.

Despite the suspicion that Syndergaard may have exacerbated his injury issues by refusing the MRI and deciding to pitch through it, he insists he handled things correctly.

“No. No regrets from me, really,” Syndergaard said, via NJ.com. “I knew the biceps tendinitis that was flaring up–there was no structural damage. I was able to go out there through bullpens, play catch and start that game.”

Syndergaard’s offseason workout regimen that added bulk as also been the subject of consternation, as that kind of an approach can backfire for pitchers.

“No. At the end end of the day I still feel really good,” Syndergaard said. “I was able to leave my workouts feeling accomplished and feel like I was doing the right thing to stay healthy. It was just a series of unfortunate events, but I’m working hard to get back on the mound.”

It goes without saying the Mets have missed Syndergaard (1-2, 3.29 ERA), who is among several Mets players who have gone down with injury during a disappointing 25-32 campaign. Syndergaard isn’t expected to return until around the All-Star break, although the fact he remains in the earliest stages of rehab is somewhat troubling.

“I still won’t be able to pick up a ball for quite some time,” Syndergaard said “I want to make sure the lat is nice and stretched out.”

It’s unclear what kind of team Syndergaard will join upon his return.