Noah Syndergaard will not make his scheduled start on Sunday against the Yankees, the Mets announced this afternoon. After playing catch, Syndergaard experienced discomfort and swelling in his injured index finger. Seth Lugo will start in his place.
According to manager Mickey Callaway, who broke the news during this pre-game press conference this evening, Syndergaard will rest for a few days and likely throw a bullpen after the off-day on Monday. This comes on the heels of Jeurys Familia hitting the disabled list with a sore right shoulder just a few hours ago.
Syndergaard was placed on the disabled list on May 26th, after experiencing soreness in the finger. Syndergaard had been having a good season so far, striking out 76 and pitching to a 3.06 ERA thus far in 2018.
The Mets’ starting pitching has been quite good since Syndergaard went down, but that doesn’t mean his absence has not been felt. Lugo made his sole start of the season on May 31st, going four scoreless innings while giving up three hits, walking one, and striking out three.