While addressing the media on Tuesday, Sandy Alderson gave an update on Noah Syndergaard, saying that he is currently in New York to get a second opinion on his strained right index finger. Alderson said that Syndergaard had not experienced a setback and that the Mets would simply like “clarity on his situation.”
Syndergaard was placed on the disabled list two weeks ago with soreness in the finger and an MRI revealed a ligament strain. Originally, it seemed the Mets were optimistic that he would only miss one or two starts, but they will have more information about his status tomorrow morning. Syndergaard is 4-1 with a 3.06 ERA and a 2.55 FIP this season. While he hasn’t been quite as overpowering this season as he has been in the past, he is certainly still a huge piece of a Mets rotation that is feeling his absence, despite strong pitching performances of late.
Seth Lugo has been in the rotation in Syndergaard’s stead and has filled in admirably, putting together two strong starts and earning the win for his six scoreless inning effort against the Yankees on Sunday. Lugo’s performance has definitely made the decision whether to keep him in the rotation after Syndergaard returns difficult for Sandy Alderson and Mickey Callaway. But for the time being, “it’s likely he’ll get another start,” according to Alderson.