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Thor goes 7 in return, but Mets fall in DC

What was supposed to be a National League Cy Young Award-caliber season for Noah Syndergaard has instead been fragmented into pieces. Back in May, a late-notice rainout cost Syndergaard a start. Two weeks later, Syndergaard strained his right index finger, and he wound up missing close to two months. Then it was the unusual case of hand, foot and mouth disease, a viral ailment that cost him another start.

Along the way, the Mets fell far enough out of contention in the NL East for Syndergaard’s issues to become less pressing matters. Yet Syndergaard’s return from the disabled list in a 5-3 loss to the Nationals on Wednesday at Nationals Park gave the Mets hope that he can pitch every fifth day from now until the end of September.

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