Noah Syndergaard said he learned from last year. The Mets can only hope that’s the case. Syndergaard, speaking at the Mets’ annual holiday party, said he’s been in contact with new manager Mickey Callaway and pitching coach Dave Eiland, and has been given an off-season throwing program.
Syndergaard was limited to seven starts last season because of a lat injury caused in part because he bulked up while weightlifting without the team’s knowledge during the 2016 off-season.
The Mets’ season effectively ended when Syndergaard partially tore a lat muscle in a game at Washington.
Syndergaard said concentrating more on flexibility this off-season, but is still lifting weights.
“I’m still lifting heavy, but in a [smarter] way,’’ Syndergaard said at the party. “Like last year was not the [smartest] thing. Last year, I did a lot of pull-ups, which is primarily a lat exercise. This year, I have not done one pull-up.’’
However, lifting heavy adds bulk, while lifting lighter loads with more repetitions helps with both strength and flexibility.