By Paul DiSclafani
“Pitcher Noah Syndergaard underwent an MRI this morning at the Hospital for Special Surgery. The MRI revealed a partial tear of the right lat muscle,” the Mets said in a statement. “At this point, there is no timeframe for his return. He will be placed on the 10-day disabled list.”
Physicians familiar with the injury have reported that pitchers not requiring surgery can return to action in about 100 days and those that have surgery, require about 140 days. It is unknown of any timetable for Syndergaard’s return this season.
Syndergaard grabbed his shoulder after delivering a pitch to Bryce Harper on Sunday. He missed his previous start because of “discomfort” in the Lat and hadn’t pitched in 10 days, but declared himself ready to go and refusing a precautionary MRI on Saturday. General manager Sandy Alderson, manager Terry Collins and pitching coach Dan Warthen confirmed that Syndergaard had a great bullpen session on Saturday and showed no discomfort while warming up on Sunday afternoon before his start.
It’s tough playing Monday Morning Quarterback as to whether Syndergaard should have taken the MRI at the team’s request and we will never know if the tear was already there and he exacerbated it, or his pitching caused a strain to turn into a tear. At this point, does it really matter?
With the state of pitchers today, Syndergaard might just have been a walking time-bomb.