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Terry Collins: Noah Syndergaard Might Not Pitch For Mets In 2014

Noah Syndergaard (Photo by Rob Foldy/Getty Images)

Noah Syndergaard (Photo by Rob Foldy/Getty Images)

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NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — There’s not much reason to watch the Mets right now.

Ten games under .500 (37-47) and nine games behind the first-place Braves, the Amazin’s appear to be heading nowhere fast. A sixth consecutive losing season is likely unless this team picks things up in a hurry.

One reason to watch this summer was the expected major-league debut of top pitching prospect Noah Syndergaard.

Don’t hold your breath. The 21-year-old fireballer might not throw a pitch in Queens this season.

“There’s a possibility you might not see him,” Mets manager Terry Collins said on Tuesday.

Affectionately known as “Thor,” the right-hander hasn’t lived up to expectations in the minor leagues this season. After allowing five earned runs in just 3 2/3 innings on Tuesday night, Syndergaard is 6-4 with a 5.70 ERA for Triple-A Las Vegas. He’s surrendered 91 hits — including nine homers — in 72 2/3 innings.

He’s also had an injury-plagued campaign, missing time to nurse his right elbow and left shoulder.

“(Stuff) happens, I don’t know any other way to put it,” Collins said. “Injuries, workload. He hasn’t performed maybe the way we thought he was going to. There’s all sorts of things … I just know, right now, there hasn’t been a discussion of Noah Syndergaard or when he’s coming.”

According to the New York Daily News, the organization’s higher-ups would like to see the hurler throw well in four straight games before considering bringing him up.

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