The Mets announced this morning that Noah Syndergaard has a partial tear of his right lat muscle and will be placed on the 10-day disabled list. Syndergaard was bumped from his Thursday start against the Braves for a seemingly unrelated bicep issue and then left yesterday’s game versus the Nationals in the second inning.
This is the latest in what has been a parade of Syndergaard health issues early this season, from a blister to a torn finger nail to the bicep and now the lat. This comes on the heels of Syndergaard refusing an MRI late last week.
Despite his minor injuries, Syndergaard has been his usual dominant self this season. Before yesterday’s abbreviated start, Syndergaard had not given up more than three runs in a start, struck out 30 batters, and had not walked anyone. Yesterday’s short performance will mar that line a bit, but Syndergaard’s season was off to a fine start before this lat tear.
The team has not put a timetable on his return, but placing him on the 10-day disabled list appears to be more of a cursory move than an optimistic one. The Mets have not yet announced a corresponding roster move.