Mets ace goes on DL

MRI re­veals Syn­der­gaard has par­tial tear in lat mus­cle

The Hamilton Spectator - - SPORTS - CHARLES ODUM

AT­LANTA — The New York Mets placed ace right-han­der Noah Syn­der­gaard on the 10-day dis­abled list on Mon­day af­ter a MRI re­vealed a par­tial tear of his right lat mus­cle.

The Mets said there is no timetable for Syn­der­gaard’s re­turn.

Syn­der­gaard left his start Sun­day against Wash­ing­ton in pain, a de­vel­op­ment that came only a cou­ple days af­ter he said he felt fine and re­fused a MRI.

Syn­der­gaard (1-2) al­lowed five runs on five hits in the first in­ning of a 23-5 loss to the Na­tion­als. He gri­maced af­ter throw­ing a sec­ondin­ning strike to Bryce Harper and reached for his right armpit.

The Mets’ im­me­di­ate con­cern was a strained lat. The MRI at New York’s Hospi­tal for Spe­cial Surgery re­vealed the par­tial tear.

The loss of Syn­der­gaard comes as the Mets, in last place in the NL East, al­ready are with­out star slug­ger Yoe­nis Ce­s­pedes, who was placed on the dis­abled list Fri­day with a strained left ham­string.

Mean­while, first base­man Lu­cas Duda, out with a hy­per­ex­tended left el­bow, had a set­back dur­ing his mi­nor league re­hab as­sign­ment and won’t be ac­ti­vated on Mon­day when el­i­gi­ble to come off the 10-day DL. In­fielder Wilmer Flores (right knee in­fec­tion) also is out.

Syn­der­gaard was a late scratch from a sched­uled out­ing last Thurs­day in New York against At­lanta due to bi­ceps and shoul­der dis­com­fort in his pitch­ing arm. He said he felt fine af­ter throw­ing in the bullpen on Fri­day, and he re­fused an MRI.

It was not im­me­di­ately known if the lat mus­cle in­jury is re­lated to the pre­vi­ous com­plaint about his bi­ceps and shoul­der dis­com­fort.

The Mets, who open a fourgame se­ries at At­lanta on Mon­day night, did not im­me­di­ately an­nounce a cor­re­spond­ing ros­ter move. The team said gen­eral man­ager Sandy Alder­son would dis­cuss the sit­u­a­tion be­fore the game.

JULIE JACOBSON, THE AS­SO­CI­ATED PRESS

New York Mets ace Noah Syn­der­gaard has a par­tial tear of his right lat mus­cle and is on the DL.

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