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Noah Syndergaard, one of the New York Mets’ best players and a rising star in Major League Baseball, has been ruled out indefinitely with a partial tear in his right lat muscle, landing him on the disabled list. This comes after Syndergaard attempted to start on Sunday despite injury concerns and had to come out before getting out of the second inning. The Mets pulled him from a scheduled start on Thursday and requested that he get an MRI, but Syndergaard declined at that point in time. This has led to criticism of the Mets’ handling of Syndergaard’s injury, believing that the Mets should have kept him out if Syndergaard was unwilling to take an MRI.
Syndergaard has been under careful watch by Mets fans ever since he came into spring training with even more muscle and a bigger focus on velocity, which increases injury risk for pitchers almost unilaterally. It was working well for him so far this season. The 24-year-old entered Sunday with a 1-1 record and a 1.73 earned run average in four starts so far.
Syndergaard allowed five runs in his short outing on Sunday, and the New York bullpen didn’t do much to stop the bleeding, as the Washington Nationals ended up thrashing the Mets 23-5. The Mets are now in last place in the National League East, six and a half games back of the Nationals. New York now has to deal with six players on the disabled list besides Syndergaard. One of their offensive stars, outfielder Yoenis Cespedes, was just placed on the disabled list on Friday. The New York starting pitching has been particularly hit hard by injuries. Steven Matz, another promising young starter, is on the disabled list, as is long reliever/occasional starter Seth Lugo. Rafael Montero is expected to fill in as the Mets’ fifth starter until either Matz or Syndergaard returns.