NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Noah Syndergaard, the Mets’ top prospect, has been placed on the disabled list with a flexor pronator strain in his right elbow.
The 21-year-old pitcher will fly to New York to meet with team doctors for “precautionary reasons,” according to the Triple-A Las Vegas 51s.
“It’s between, basically, your wrist and your elbow,” WFAN Mets beat reporter Ed Coleman told host Marc Malusis on Monday. “And it usually comes from overuse. It could be one pitch, but I’m not sure which it is in this case. But Syndergaard is gonna come up here and take an MRI, which he should do.
“But usually the pain is in the inside of the elbow as opposed to the outside, where he’d have more of a tendency to get something wrong with the ulnar collateral ligament, which means Tommy John (surgery). This doesn’t indicate that it would lead that way, but I guess on the other hand it could be a precursor to that, too … They don’t think it is. They think it’s a mild sprain.”
The right-hander has been solid in Triple-A, but he’s been far from dominant. In 10 starts he’s 5-2 with a 4.02 ERA. He’s struck out 57 and walked 19 in 53 2/3 innings, surrendering 29 hits — including six homers.
“Usually what they do is rest and then you start a long-tossing program and then get back to it,” Coleman told Malusis. “How long it would be, I couldn’t tell (you) … Maybe it’s something that’s been building and it’s been bothering him a little bit, and they finally decided to shut it down and get to the root of it.”
Syndergaard was expected to be called up to the big leagues in mid-to-late June.
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