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May 2, 2017

Thor down

by @ 6:33 am. Filed under Uncategorized

The news on Mets ace Noah Syndergaard was bad but not that bad Monday and the show must go on. Tests showed a partially torn lat muscle with no arm injury. No time line was given on his return but LHP Steven Matz missed 2 months with the same injury last season. Per the Mets own website and New York General Manager Sandy Alderson :

“Thus ends a nightmarish chapter of a season that has seen the Mets lose their two best players to injury. Syndergaard initially suffered right shoulder and biceps discomfort early last week. The Mets scratched him from his start last Thursday against the Braves and offered an MRI, which Syndergaard declined. He instead threw a bullpen session and declared himself healthy, exiting Sunday’s 23-5 loss to the Nationals in the second inning due to right lat pain.

Monday’s MRI in Manhattan revealed the updated diagnosis.

“Let me make clear that it was my decision for Noah to pitch,” Alderson said. “It was with input from a variety of sources, including Noah himself. The MRI was not dismissed out-of-hand simply because Noah said he wouldn’t do it.” https: //

This is an important statement from Alderson and takes team medical staff off the hook. The Mets have had several players in the past 6-8 years play with minor injuries and see them blow up. David Wright, Yoenis Cespedes and Ryan Church are just some ones that come to mind immediately. The team is in a tough spot with so many young arms and the volatility of pitching injuries. The team will soldier on with Rafael Montero the likely replacement internally for Thor. Meanwhile, the team hopes to have Matz and Seth Lugo rejoin the rotation health permitting. A positive? Michael Conforto is hitting like many thought he would and Jose Reyes has returned from witness protection to assume his role as #7. And the return of Jeurys Familia has stabilized the relief corps. These next 2 months are vital and the team must play solid baseball until the reinforcements come over the hill.

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