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Noah Syndergaard Injury: Latest on Mets ace's torn lat

The 'Amazins' have been anything but when it comes to handling injured players.
Mets pitcher Noah Syndergaard walks off the mount after injuring his lat against the Washington Nationals. (Getty Images)
Noah Syndergaard was placed on the 60-day DL on Sunday after Harvey's three-game suspension. He tore his lat last Sunday against the Nationals.

New York Mets ace Noah Syndergaard continues to rehab from a torn lat he suffered on April 30. 

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Monday, July 17

Syndergaard has begun a throwing program after almost three months of not being able to even pick up a baseball. 

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In typical Thor fashion, he put his own personal spin on it:

There is still no definite timetable for his return.

 

Thursday, June 8

Syndergaard went on WFAN's Boomer and Carton on Thursday morning and revealed that he won't be throwing anytime soon. 

"I probably won't be able to pick up a ball for quite some time," Syndergaard said (h/t SNY.tv) "I have no pain right now, but I want to make sure my lat is nice and stretched out and flexible before I'm ready to go."

He admitted that this is an injury he has to take extreme caution with. 

"Lats are tricky, just because it's very specific," he said. "If you come back too soon, you could really put yourself in a situation to injure yourself again."

There is no definite timetable for his return after it was originally reported that he would miss up to three months. 

 

Wednesday, May 3

Joel Sherman of the New York Post speculated that Syndergaard could miss up to three months of action due to a torn lat.

Steven Matz suffered the same injury last year and was sidelined for two months. But because Syndergaard throws harder and with much more stress on his arm than Matz, the rehabilitation process could take longer. 

Look for Rafael Montero to take Syndergaard's spot in the rotation while the ace recovers. 

 

Monday, May 1

After getting tagged for five runs in the first inning against the Washington Nationals, Noah Syndergaard was pulled from the Mets’ series finale due to an injury.

Immediately after delivering a pitch to Bryce Harper in the bottom of the second inning, Syndergaard clutched the area under his arm. When manager Terry Collins and trainer Ray Ramirez ran to the mound to check on him, it looked as though the Mets’ big right-hander said “my lat,” when describing what was wrong.

He left the game, which would turn out to be a 23-5 shellacking at the hands of the Nationals, just three days after he was scratched from his original start because of right biceps discomfort.

The Mets announced on Monday morning that Syndergaard suffered a partially torn right lat and there is no timetable for his return. He has been placed on the 10-day disabled list.

Syndergaard refused an MRI after being held out from that Friday start. After throwing a bullpen session, the Mets cleared him to start on Sunday despite him taking anti-inflammatories because he could not lift his pitching arm above his shoulder last week.

Instead of forcing him to take an MRI to see if any structural damage was sustained, Sandy Alderson instead told the media that he “can’t strap him down and throw him in the tube.”

The 24-year-old’s stuff did not look as though it was lacking. His fastball still hit the 100 mile-per-hour mark multiple times on Sunday.

However, his location was off, which was a big reason why he allowed five earned runs in the first inning. He allowed just five earned runs all season before his start against Washington.

Now the Mets are facing a future without him and Yoenis Cespedes.

Cespedes is sidelined with a hamstring injury that also could have been handled better by the organization. The slugger exhibited issues throughout the last few weeks, but the Mets decided just to bench him for a few nights instead of putting him on the disabled list for a short time.

On Thursday night, he had to be helped off the field after legging out a double.

It’s a nightmare situation for the Mets considering their two best players were sidelined less than one month into the season.

While the players could tell Collins and management they feel a certain way, the Mets as an organization have to be better in taking the correct precautions to make sure they don’t lose their stars for an extended period of time.

Right now the Mets are continuously rolling out depleted lineups due to the injuries that have swept through the clubhouse once again.

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