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Mets ace Noah Syndergaard leaves game with lat strain

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Apr 30, 2017; Washington, DC, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Noah Syndergaard (34) walks off the field after an apparent injury against the Washington Nationals in the second inning at Nationals Park. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports
Apr 30, 2017; Washington, DC, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Noah Syndergaard (34) walks off the field after an apparent injury against the Washington Nationals in the second inning at Nationals Park. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports
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During Sunday’s series finale against the Washington Nationals, Mets staff ace Noah Syndergaard suffered an injury to his lat muscle.

Syndergaard’s first start after being skipped earlier in the week would not last long, unfortunately. In the second inning while facing Bryce Harper, Noah threw a change up and immediately grabbed under his arm in pain.

Catcher Rene Rivera ran out to the mound and called the bench’s attention to get the trainers out there. You could see Syndergaard mouthing “my lat” as he winced from the discomfort.  Thor was pulled after that, and Sean Gilmartin would come on to replace him.

Syndergaard’s week has been rough to say the least. The fireballing righty was skipped earlier in the week because of a tired arm. Matt Harvey would end up taking his place, and was unfortunately, ineffective partly because he didn’t know he’d be replacing Noah until that morning.

To add to that mess, there were worries that this wouldn’t be just a one start issue, and that maybe Syndergaard would have to be sent to the disabled list because of bicep tendonitis. However, he surprised many of us by declared himself healthy for Sunday’s start after declining to undergo an MRI that the Mets suggested he take.

After Syndergaard exited, the Mets would officially label his injury as a “possible lat strain.” He’s due back in New York to undergo more checks to see exactly what happened, and how long he’ll be out.

In Sunday’s game, Syndergaard’s stuff looked pretty good, and he looked comfortable pitching even though he got smacked around by the Nationals in the first. His fastball was in the typical high 90s, and even managed to throw a 94 mph slider in that frame. Nevertheless, Washington would send 10 batters to the plate with five of them scoring on ground balls that simply found holes in the infield.

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Back in 2015, Steven Matz missed about two months due to a lat tear. Typically, a lat injury shouldn’t take as long as it did for Matz to heal, but you really never know when it comes to recovery. Hopefully Syndergaard’s lat issue isn’t as bad as Matz’s was, but at this point, it’s really a waiting game to see how long Thor will be out.

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