Mets blow as Syndergaard faces injury layoff
New York (AFP) – New York Mets star pitcher Noah Syndergaard faces an indefinite layoff after suffering a partial tear of his right lat muscle, the team confirmed on Monday.
The 24-year-old was pulled from the Mets’ game against the Washington Nationals on Sunday after complaining of pain in his right arm and clutching his side.
Earlier, Syndergaard gave up five runs on five hits in the first inning. The Mets went on to suffer a humiliating 23-5 loss.
Syndergaard, a Texan nicknamed Thor for his long blonde hair, had been struggling before the game with what had been described as a “tired arm”.
An MRI scan on Monday in New York revealed his muscle tear. Syndergaard will be placed on the 10-day disabled list with no timetable for his return.
Mets general manager Sandy Alderson on Sunday defended the decision to start Syndergaard on the mound.
“We asked him how he felt (Sunday) and he felt fine. And we took him at face value, and he also threw a (bullpen session) and felt fine. On the basis on that input as well as his own comments, he was good to go,” Alderson told reporters.
As a rookie in 2015, Syndergaard won game two of the National League Championship Series as the Mets swept the Chicago Cubs in four games to reach the World Series.
Syndergaard pitched New York to a game three World Series victory but it was the Mets’ only win in a championship showdown loss to Kansas City.