The sky seemed to be falling after the Mets beat the Royals Wednesday when word came down that both Noah Syndergaard and Yoenis Cespedes were being sent to the Hospital for Special Surgery. Syndergaard had experienced elbow discomfort while pitching Wednesday and was pulled from the game after 91 pitches.
Later that night, Syndergaard himself confirmed everything checked out with an Instagram post and later the Mets confirmed that there was no structural damage in the elbow and he was prescribed anti-inflammatory medication.
Today the Mets announced that Syndergaard is on track to make his next scheduled start against the Nationals on Monday night. Syndergaard and Colon were flip-flopped against the Royals so Syndergaard could get extra rest.
Syndergaard was not at his dominant best against the Royals. He went six innings, gave up three runs, and struck out only four. This start was similar to his start against the Giants when he failed to get out of the sixth inning. After that outing he quietly got his elbow checked and again everything was structurally fine.
If the Mets are to catch the Nationals, Syndergaard will need to play a key role since he has arguably been the Mets’ best pitcher this year. He now owns a record of 8-2 and a sparkling ERA of 2.08.