"I'm still lifting heavy but in a more smart way," Syndergaard said Thursday, dressed as an elf at the Mets' annual holiday party for children. "Last year was not the necessarily the most smart thing I was supposed to be doing in terms of exercises and choice. ... I did a lot of pull-ups, and that's primarily a lat exercise, and this year I haven't done one pull-up yet. So it's different. It's still taxing workouts, but my body never felt better."
"I think he's being blamed for all the injuries this year and I think they are looking in the wrong direction," ace Noah Syndergaard said Sunday after throwing only 30 1/3 innings this season because of a torn lat muscle. "I want him to be my pitching coach for the remainder of my career."