Mets top prospect Noah Syndergaard has been placed on the 15-day Triple-A disabled list retroactive to May 22. Syndergaard had been experiencing discomfort in his right elbow following his last start, in which he pitched five innings, struck out six, and walked two. The initial diagnosis is a strained flexor-pronator, which would take some time to heal but would not require surgical intervention, and is considered a relatively minor injury. However, the Mets are being particularly cautious with Syndegaard, who is being sent back to New York for further testing to ensure no further structural damage has gone undetected.
Overall this season Syndergaard has gone 5-2 with a 4.02 ERA, however he had recently begun to show signs of why he is considered a top pitching prospect, posting a 3.12 ERA and a 4:1 strikeout to walk ratio over his past five starts. With Matt Harvey, Bobby Parnell, and Jeremy Hefner already on the shelf in various stages of Tommy John recovery, any talk of elbow discomfort in a pitcher comes with a certain level of anxiety, especially with the rash of big-name pitchers throughout the league who have undergone this procedure already this season. Overall a staggering 39 major and minor league players have already had Tommy John surgery this year.
So far the Mets think the injury is strictly to the flexor-pronator, so as long as the trip to New York doesn't reveal any further damage, the setback should be relatively minor for the exciting Mets prospect. Until then, Mets fans will be holding their breath in anticipation.