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The Mets are scheduled to take on the Atlanta Braves in the finale of a rain-shortened two-game series, and their ace, Noah Syndergaard, was suppose to take the mound. Unfortunately, bicep discomfort will keep the fireballer from making the start Thursday afternoon.
Mets manager Terry Collins spoke to the media early Thursday morning, and reported the bad news about Syndergaard. He apparently had some discomfort with his bicep earlier in the week and again felt it on Wednesday while throwing a BP session.
This could be a partial reason why the Mets opted to go with Robert Gsellman on Wednesday instead of the original plan of pitching Noah on regular days rest.
While the normal first reaction is to fear for the worst when it comes to an injury like this, we still really don’t know the extent of any potential issue with his bicep.
According to the Mets, Syndergaard could be ready to pitch again on Sunday against the Washington Nationals in D.C., which would mean he’d just miss one start (not a big deal at all), but before then, he’ll undergo an MRI to see if there’s any actual damager to the muscle.
Terry Collins classified Syndergaard as having a “tired arm,” so we’re hoping it’s just that and not something more serious.
Once those results become known, it’ll be easier to establish whether this is just a small blip in a long season, or if it’s part of a bigger, more worrisome issue.
On one hand, it’s good to know that this is a bicep issue, and not a problem with Syndergaard’s elbow or shoulder. Both of those spell lengthier absences as we’ve seen with both Steven Matz, and Seth Lugo the last few weeks.
As for Thursday’s afternoon game, Matt Harvey will be taking the mound instead as the Mets look to once again right the ship after dropping the last five games in a row.