Noah Syndergaard could be returning to the team soon as he is about to embark on a rehab assignment. After that, he could return to the Dodgers but it will all depend on his health and performance.
Syndergaard has been on the injured list since early June with a blister issue and while many Dodger fans may want to forget about him, they may be in for a rude awakening.
Despite being on the injured list for the blister, Syndergaard really went on the IL to have a break. He had one of the worst starts in his career on the mound as his ERA ballooned to 7.16. But the hope is that he can wipe the slate clean and possibly help this team.
#Dodgers Dave Roberts said Noah Syndergaard will go out on a rehab assignment. Time TBA. How long it lasts will be contingent on “health and performance”— Bill Plunkett (@billplunkettocr) July 7, 2023
The team is in need of pitching and maybe Syndergaard can figure things out. But his performance to start his Dodger career has given the team little hope for that. Multiple injuries and inconsistencies have plagued this Dodgers team all year long and Syndergaard was just another example of that.
Manager Dave Roberts spoke the other day on Syndergaard and what his future looks like with the team.
“Then the ball is in his court, to be honest, to go out there and perform,” Roberts said. “The sample that we’ve seen up to this point – whether it be related solely to performance or a combo of injury, finger blister, layered onto performance – it hasn’t been where we need it to be. Noah understands that. So I think for us, the challenge is to go out there and be the pitcher we know he can be.”Per The OC Register
If anything, maybe Syndergaard can give this team something out of the bullpen. The team needs help in multiple areas within the pitching staff so they really can’t go wrong in giving him another shot. Maybe he surprises everyone and actually performs well. He signed for $13 million in the offseason and the Dodgers are banking on him giving them something successful this season.
The Dodgers welcome in the Angels — Syndergaard’s former team — for a brief two-game series before they head out for the All-Star break. The extra rest could help this team as they’ve dealt with a bunch of injuries all year long.
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