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Syndergaard, Harvey begin throwing programs

From ESPN - July 17, 2017

NEW YORK -- Day 1, a significant day in the life of any baseball player rehabilitating from a notable injury, went without any hitches for two of the New York Mets' prized pitchers, Noah Syndergaard and Matt Harvey.

The two played catch briefly from 70 feet away at Citi Field as the first step back in their respective returns to the major leagues. Syndergaard has not pitched since a 23-5 loss to the Washington Nationals on April 30 when he suffered a partial tear in his right lat.

.@MattHarvey33 and @Noahsyndergaard tossing a baseball.#Mets pic.twitter.com/n3tUDwLxSJ

New York Mets (@Mets) July 17, 2017

Harvey's last appearance was a four-inning start in which he allowed three home runs against the Chicago Cubs on June 14. He had a stress injury to the scapula bone in his right shoulder.

Neither pitcher would speculate on when he will pitch off a mound, let alone return to the pitch for the Mets. The two are on different rehab programs, but were able to begin them at the same time. Mets manager Terry Collins said they will continue to build up distance before doing anything else.

"They looked free and easy," Collins said. "They were free and easy. I thought both of them were nice and loose and free. For the first day of throwing, I thought it was a good sign.

"It's nice to see them out there. I do not know when I will get them back, or if I will get them back."

Syndergaard, 24, is new to recovering from such a major injury and is still absorbing what the process is like. He expressed excitement in a tweet earlier in the day, but was thoughtful and less emotional when speaking with the media before Monday's game.

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