Per a release from the Mets, Noah Syndergaard, currently with Triple-A Las Vegas, has been placed on the disabled list retroactive to May 22 with a mild flexor-pronator strain in his right elbow.
In the release from the club, they indicated that Syndergaard was flying to New York to be examined by Mets doctors for “precautionary reasons.”
A flexor-pronator strain is sometimes a precursor to Tommy John surgery, but it many times is not a precursor to Tommy John surgery.
Syndergaard will certainly have an MRI, and the Mets will know more at that point.
According to Will Carroll, Syndergaard’s injury is similar (Carroll said it’s a vague comparison and that any “strain” means damage) to the injuries that were recently sustained by both Chris Sale and Cliff Lee.
In Sale’s case, he was diagnosed April 24 and returned to big league action on May 22 – certainly an indication that Syndergaard’s injury – while scary as hell – may be relatively minor.
For the sake of Syndergaard, the Mets, and the fans, let’s hope Syndergaard’s MRI results are positive.