GM Alderson Says Prized Pitching Prospect Should Only Be On DL A Short While

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — That sound you just heard was a collective exhale from Queens and beyond.

No strangers to bad news this season, the Mets got some good news on Tuesday, learning the MRI on top pitching prospect Noah Syndergaard’s right elbow revealed no structural damage.

Syndergaard, who has been pitching at Triple-A Las Vegas, was placed on the disabled list with a flexor pronator strain in his right elbow on Sunday. The 21-year-old right-hander flew to New York on Tuesday to meet with team doctors for “precautionary reasons,” and it turns out it was a false alarm.

“The doctor has recommended some shoulder stretching exercises, but everything appears to be OK and hopefully this is a short-term disablement for him over the next few days,” general manager Sandy Alderson told reporter on Tuesday.

“Obviously, it’s good to know that he’s essentially fine at this point,” Alderson added.

Alderson said Syndergaard’s trip to New York was done out of caution after an initial examination was conducted in Las Vegas. As for when he will return to the mound, Alderson said caution will continue to be the word of the day.

“I can’t say at this point. Originally, it was to miss one start. But that was true with Dillon Gee as well,” Alderson said.

Gee is on the disabled list with a strained lat, and recently had a setback. The date of his return remains to be seen.

Syndergaard 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.

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