Mets acting General Manager Zack Scott spoke to the media Tuesday afternoon ahead of the game against the Nationals. Scott shed some light on injury updates regarding some key Mets, and about the team’s recent struggles.
Scott was asked about the mediocre stretch that the team is on, and said, “We’ve played very mediocre baseball for most of the year. The recent stretch has been much worse than mediocre. We would’ve taken mediocre at this point. For this stretch it’s been unacceptably bad and we need to be better. But we’re not going to panic, because you can’t do that in this game.”
When asked about the Mets training staff, and how they might be to blame for the slew of injuries seemingly all season-long, Scott said that there’s no issue with the training staff, and that soft tissue issues could be linked back to players not following suit on plans that were set into place for them. “Most of the time it’s compliance issues.”
Scott also seemed to indicate that players haven’t been following plans that were given to them, mentioning that it’s a partnership between the Mets players and staff members. Scott followed up by saying, “I’m not trying to vilify players. At some point, you’ve got to take care of that responsibility.”
Scott continues to say all of the right things, and it’s reassuring from a fan standpoint after what the team recently went through with Brodie Van Wagenen.
Scott was asked to give an update on Noah Syndergaard, whose been out since 2019 due to Tommy John Surgery. Syndergaard will probably come back to work out of the bullpen, as Scott said that “it will get him to the big leagues more quickly.”
Scott did reveal that Francisco Lindor is progressing well off of his oblique injury, and is still listed as week-to-week. As for Jacob deGrom, whose been out since July 7 with right elbow inflammation, he’ll be getting another MRI this Friday, once he hits the 2-week shutdown mark, but no date is set in stone yet for his return.
The Mets continue to struggle, but, again, it’s reassuring hearing competence from the Mets’ front office after years, if not decades, of miscommunication and incompetence.