Mets ace Noah Syndergaard won’t make his scheduled start Thursday against the Braves. The team says Matt Harvey will take his place, pitching on regular rest following Tuesday’s rain out.
According to manager Terry Collins, Syndergaard has a tired throwing arm connected to biceps tendinitis. He was originally scheduled to pitch Wednesday night’s game, but was pushed back near the last minute. The Mets haven’t said whether it’s due to the injury, but it’s hard not to connect the dots.
It’s not clear when Syndergaard will be back on the mound. He’s seeing a doctor today for an MRI, and depending on the results he could pitch as soon as Sunday.
"In my opinion, this is very minor." Noah Syndergaard says he hopes to return to the mound Sunday in Washington. #Mets pic.twitter.com/bzj91htyyA— Anthony DiComo (@AnthonyDiComo) April 27, 2017
Syndergaard got off to a very good start to the season, including a brilliant Opening Day against Atlanta. So far, he has a microscopic 0.78 FIP, is striking out nearly 30% of hitters, and still hasn’t walked anybody through 26 innings.
But Syndergaard has also suffered a blister and left a start early due to a torn fingernail in the early going. He also had his worst game of the year in his most recent start, last Thursday against the Phillies.