If the New York Mets thought their injuries were a matter of the past, they were wrong. Although it looked like the Mets were going to start off their new season with a healthy team, that may not be the case. The health of one of their players took a turn for the worse.
A member of their pitching staff has just become one of the first players to fall victim to the injury bug. Last week Noah Syndergaard was healthy. This week he is on the disabled list.
After undergoing an MRI on Monday, bad news was revealed on Syndergaard playing status, according to ESPN. He has been ruled out indefinitely. The MRI revealed the pitcher suffered a partial tear of his right lat muscle, and it will put him out of play immediately.
The New York Mets released a statement on Syndergaard, “At this point, there is no time frame for his return. He will be placed on the 10-day disabled list.” His injury may stem from over a week ago but it was clear something was wrong from his last start. On Sunday he started against the Washington Nationals, but left the game early, in the bottom of the second. New York may have feared the worst that day.
Aafter throwing a pitch to Bryce Harper, Syndergaard walked off the field grabbing his right side . His start against the Nationals was not going well prior to leaving early. He allowed five runs on five hits in just the first inning. New York went on to lose their starter, and then the game as the Nationals defeated them 23-5.
In total New York was left to 18 runs answered for yesterday. It has been a rough 24 hours for New York to say the least. Along with losing big on Sunday, they just lost Syndergaard, and his return day is uncertain.
He had missed his Thursday start last week due to shoulder and bicep discomfort. He was originally scheduled to undergo an MRI on Friday last week, but after a bullpen session felt he could pitch.
Their pitchers recent injury may bring back some bad memories from their 2016 season. New York are no strangers when it comes to injuries. Last season their team was fiercely injury deprived, and they were no minor ones either. At one point they were playing without both David Wright and Matt Harvey.
New York is crossing their fingers for an imminent return out of Syndergaard. Overall New York is not off to the best start. They have fallen last place of the NL East, and are a losing team. The Mets are going 10-14 on the season while the Nationals lead the division, going 17-8.
Will Syndergaard return within a week? Can the New York Mets keep the rest of their team in good health? Share your thoughts in the comments below.
Commentary by Cody Macleod