Top Mets pitching prospect Noah Syndergaard, who was diagnosed with a “mild” flexor-pronator strain in his right elbow on Monday, saw team doctors in New York on Tuesday and was given a clean bill of health.
Mar 3, 2014; Lake Buena Vista, FL, USA; New Yorks Mets pitcher Noah Syndergaard (55) warms up before the spring training exhibition game against the Atlanta Bravesat Champion Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jonathan Dyer-USA TODAY Sports
According to Mets general manager Sandy Alderson, an MRI that Syndergaard received came back negative.
Syndergaard has been ordered to rest and do some shoulder exercises, and the initial expectation is that Syndergaard will miss one start.
After news broke Monday regarding Syndergaard’s injury, many expected the worst – suggesting that Tommy John surgery was the likely outcome.
However, the Mets referred to the injury as “mild” throughout, and stated that Syndergaard’s trip to New York was for “precautionary” reasons.
As it turns out, an injury that the Mets expected to be minor has turned out to be just that.
The Mets will absolutely proceed cautiously with Syndergaard in the coming days and weeks, so alarm bells should not be sounded if his return to games isn’t close to immediate.
This injury may delay Syndergaard’s major league debut a bit.
However, considering what the alternative could’ve been, the Mets and Syndergaard should consider themselves fortunate.