The New York Mets have placed Noah Syndergaard on the disabled list after the starter contracted hand, foot, and mouth disease. The club believes he got the disease at a recently held youth camp for kids, though they are ultimately calling it a “short-term” issue and expect Syndergaard to miss seven-to-10 days.
This is Syndergaard’s second trip to the disabled list in 2018. He just returned on July 13 after missing six weeks with a strained ligament in his right index finger. Syndergaard lasted five innings while allowing one earned run in each of his two starts against the Washington Nationals and New York Yankees. He gave up a combined 15 hits in the two outings while striking out seven.
In his last appearance on Friday against the Yankees, his fastball velocity noticeably dipped to around 94 miles per hour in the fifth inning, though he was able to escape the inning without allowing a run. Before the Mets and Yankees were rained out last night, Mickey Callaway explained that Syndergaard had blisters on his hand and had trouble breathing as a result of the virus. On the season, Syndergaard has a 2.89 ERA, a 2.57 FIP, and 1.25 WHIP in 74.2 innings pitched.
Syndergaard was originally scheduled to pitch on Wednesday against the San Diego Padres, and Callaway had said that Corey Oswalt would take his place. But with the postponement last night, it’s possible that the Mets won’t need to fill his spot in the rotation until Friday in Pittsburgh. The team has not officially announced its rotation for the Padres’ series beyond Jacob deGrom, who will pitch tonight.