WASHINGTON — Trevor Williams went the bend-but-don’t-break route Monday and nearly escaped with a win.
In a start necessitated by Saturday’s doubleheader, the right-hander allowed 12 runners to reach base over five innings, but somehow only surrendered two runs in the Mets’ 4-3 loss to the Nationals.
Williams credited the Mets’ defense and positioning for keeping him in the game.
“It’s always fun as a pitcher where it’s hit off the bat and it doesn’t sound great and you think it’s going to fall in and you turn around and see outfielders chasing it down or it’s hit into the shift,” Williams said. “Overall I think it was a well-executed plan and I think we had guys in the right spots when we needed it.”
Williams’ five-inning appearance was his longest in five appearances with the Mets.
“I know at this point of the season, and especially in September, bullpens are taxed,” Williams said. “I was full go today. I didn’t have any pitch-count restriction and I knew I was going to do my best to give my best 100 bullets today and I’m glad that we were able to complete five innings.”
Dominic Smith returned from the bereavement list and struck out as a pinch hitter in the ninth inning. The Mets cleared roster space for Smith by optioning Chance Sisco to Triple-A Syracuse. The Mets also reinstated pitcher Stephen Nogosek from the injured list and optioned him to Syracuse.
Noah Syndergaard’s quarantine could end as soon as Tuesday, 10 days after the right-hander tested positive for COVID-19, delaying his minor-league rehab stint.
“We’ll see where he’s at,” manager Luis Rojas said. “He’s been doing all sorts of things indoors, throwing the ball into a mattress, throwing the ball into a sock, just to keep his arm in shape, but once he is cleared to begin activity outdoors we’ll find out what the plan is.”
Syndergaard, who is returning from Tommy John surgery, pitched an inning for Single-A Brooklyn before his second appearance was scuttled by the positive test.
Jacob deGrom has been playing catch from “over 100 feet,” but Rojas said there isn’t a date set to get the right-hander throwing from a mound.
“Usually when he is in the 120-150 range, then they start talking more about mound work,” Rojas said. “So let’s get to that first and then probably have a date and know.”