Syndergaard tried to convince Terry Collins to leave him in the game
Mets right-handed pitcher Noah Syndergaard left Friday’s game against the Nationals with two outs in the bottom of the fifth inning due arm fatigue that did not have to do with his elbow, the team said.
It appeared that Syndergaard kept repeating “I’m fine” to Collins, but he was taken out after a brief meeting at the mound.
His last fastball registered 93 MPH after ranging between 97 and 100 MPH prior.
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He allowed three runs on four hits while walking three and striking out five in 4.2 innings.
Syndergaard has been pitching with a small bone spur in his right elbow — something Mets GM Sandy Alderson estimated 90 percent of pitchers are dealing with.
Syndergaard looked dominant while retiring the side in order in the first inning but struggled from there, losing his command at times.
It’s a bit odd for the Mets to note what issue a player isn’t dealing with when announcing an injury, but I suppose they found it necessary since Syndergaard’s bone spur is common knowledge.
Syndergaard leaving Friday’s game early was the third bit of bad news the Mets have gotten in the last 8 hours or so.
Like Cespedes, Syndergaard was due to appear in Tuesday’s All-Star Game, perhaps even starting it.
However, even if Syndergaard’s issue is incredibly minor, you have to believe the Mets will hold him out of the All-Star Game. And that’s disappointing.
Let’s just hope that the arm fatigue Syndergaard experienced on Friday’s doesn’t force him to miss any starts, because the Mets are already dangerously thin in their starting rotation.