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Noah Syndergaard fires a pitch during a bullpen session at 2021 spring training

Noah Syndergaard fires a pitch during a bullpen session at 2021 spring training

Here is the latest news and possible return dates for the Mets players on the IL…

Noah Syndergaard (TJS recovery)

Syndergaard was shut down from throwing for six weeks on May 27, but the right-hander sounds optimistic about his outlook.

Dealing with inflammation in his right elbow, Syndergaard tweeted Friday that he’s “A-OK,” adding “See you soon.”

A recent MRI revealed the inflammation, but it did not reveal any structural damage.

After the six-week shutdown, Syndergaard will need to again build his arm strength up, meaning a best-case scenario for his return would likely be late August or September.

Potential return date: August

Pete Alonso (hand)

Manager Luis Rojas would not commit to activating Alonso off the IL on Saturday when he’s eligible, but said the slugging first baseman is trending in the right direction.

“He’s trending well. He already faced some coach’s BP, he did the high-velo machine today. He checked out, everything was good,” Rojas told reporters on Friday. “We’ll see what the next step is for him. He’s looking good right now. He’s really excited about the results and the progression he’s done the last couple of days.”

Rojas added he felt Alonso needs a rehab assignment before returning to the big league club, but next steps have not been finalized.

Potential return date: Early June

Taijuan Walker (side)

After his touch-and-feel/side session went “good,” Rojas said Walker was “gonna be our starter” on Friday in their series opener against the Braves.

Friday’s game, however, was rained out. But Rojas told reporters on Friday he expects Walker to get the ball on Saturday.

Walker was placed on the IL with left side tightness on May 19, retroactive to the day prior. So, if Walker starts on Friday, he’d have spent the minimum amount of time on the injured list.

Potential return date: Saturday

Albert Almora Jr. (shoulder)

Almora landed on the IL on May 12 after crashing into the center field wall at Citi Field while trying to make a catch.

But Rojas said Almora as been doing “full [baseball] activity, and could start a rehab assignment next week.

Potential return date: Mid-June

J.D. Davis (hand)

Davis said on May 27 that he’s progressing well and plans to start swinging a bat on Saturday or Sunday.

Still, Davis stressed that he didn’t want to put a timetable on his return.

He added that he’s already able to take grounders and catch, and that he’s not sure if he will need another rehab assignment before being activated.

Potential return date: June

Seth Lugo (elbow)

Lugo remains on track to return on May 31, and the Mets would like him to throw in back-to-back games before then.

Potential return date: May 31

Luis Guillorme (oblique)

Guillorme is “getting close” to a rehab assignment, which will likely be with Triple-A Syracuse, Rojas said on May 26.

Per Rojas, Guillorme feels “really good” and should soon be swinging a bat on the field.

Potential return date: June

Brandon Nimmo (finger)

As of May 26, Nimmo had still not started to swing the bat.

The outfielder said on May 22 after returning from his rehab assignment that he’s dealing with “a pesky little nerve” in his left index finger, and he’s still feeling pain when making contact.

Potential return date: TBD

Kevin Pillar (nose)

Pillar suffered multiple nasal fractures when he was hit in the face by a 95 mph fastball against the Braves in Atlanta.

He began light activities on May 24.

Potential return date: June

Carlos Carrasco (hamstring)

Before Carrasco’s rehab was paused, he was expected to return at some point in May. But things have been slowed down. Carrasco had thrown six innings in simulated games before the slowdown.

“If I’m gonna put a time estimate on it, probably looking at maybe late June, early July, that type of time frame,” acting GM Zack Scott said on May 24.

Potential return date: Late June/Early July

Michael Conforto (hamstring)

Conforto suffered a significant hamstring strain on May 16.

Zack Scott said on May 24 that a possible return date for Conforto is late June.

Potential return date: Late June

Jeff McNeil (hamstring)

McNeil suffered a significant hamstring strain on May 16.

Zack Scott said on May 24 that a possible return date for McNeil is late June.

Potential return date: Late June

Johneshwy Fargas (shoulder)

An MRI confirmed that Fargas suffered a sprained AC joint in his left shoulder while crashing into the center field fence on May 24. He was placed on the IL on May 26.

Potential return date: TBD

Tommy Hunter (back)

Hunter was placed on the IL on May 21 due to lower back pain.

Potential return date: TBD

Jordan Yamamoto (shoulder)

The Mets originally placed Yamamoto on the 10-day IL before transferring him to the 60-day lL on May 25 to make room on the 40-man roster for the newly acquired Billy McKinney.

Potential return date: Late July