On a day in which the Mets learned that Matt Harvey would undergo season-ending surgery for thoracic outlet syndrome, the Mets have lost two more players to injury during tonight’s game against the Nationals.
Yoenis Cespedes left the game after three innings with what the Mets called a strained right quad. He had made a sliding catch in center field in the top of the third, at the end of which he collided slightly with shortstop Asdrubal Cabrera, but that apparently did not cause the injury. After the game Terry Collins said that Cespedes hurt his quad while chasing Daniel Murphy's double in the third.
If that weren’t enough. Noah Syndergaard was removed from the game in the top of the fifth with "arm fatigue." The Mets specifically said that it wasn’t related to his elbow. He had been throwing in the high-90s earlier in the game, but that dipped to the low-90s in the fifth inning. Syndergaard was diagnosed with a bone spur in his pitching elbow a couple of weeks ago, so one can only speculate about whether tonight’s injury is related. In any case, a serious dip in velocity rarely portends anything good, but "arm fatigue" certainly sounds better than "bone spurs" or "UCL tear" or "elbow fall-off-itis."
After the game, Terry Collins said of Syndergaard:
"He just said his arm went dead. It got tired on him."
and that Syndergaard added:
"I've lost it."
Let's hope it's all really just arm fatigue. Syndergaard reiterated that there was no elbow pain and that he was just tired. Collins said it was a "pretty good assumption" that both Cespedes and Syndergaard would miss the All-Star Game, and admitted that he's "running out of things to say and we're running out of bodies."