Syndergaard (lat) was transferred to the 60-day disabled list Sunday. With a significant rehab timeline ahead for Syndergaard, the Mets transferred their ace to the inactive list with the longer timetable to open up a spot on the 40-man roster. Syndergaard is expected to be shut down for at least six weeks, so he'll need plenty of time before he's even ready to begin ramping up his rehab. He'll target a return to action following the All-Star break.
Syndergaard (lat) will not throw for six weeks, Steve Gelbs of SportsNet New York reports. From there, Syndergaard will need significant time to ramp up his throwing activity, so a return before the All-Star break seems highly unlikely. The Mets are not offering up an estimated return timetable at this stage. Syndergaard was diagnosed with a partial tear of his right lat muscle earlier this month following his fifth start of the season.
Syndergaard (back) received an "all positive" opinion from Dr. Neal ElAttrache on Wednesday, Anthony DiComo of MLB.com reports. It seems to be good news with regards to Syndergaard's recovery period, though neither party has yet revealed specifics regarding the medical opinion. Nonetheless, it seems safe to assume the injury is nothing more than the initially diagnosed muscle tear, which will likely keep the ace out for a little over two months. General manager Sandy Alderson says the team will have a better timetable once the muscle begins to heal and Syndergaard is allowed to resume regular baseball activities, a process which could take a matter of weeks. The 26-year-old Rafael Montero will assume a spot in the Mets' rotation for now.
Syndergaard (back) will meet with Dr. Neal ElAttrache in Los Angeles on Wednesday to receive a second opinion on his injury, Joel Sherman of the New York Post reports. Syndergaard was diagnosed with a partially torn lat muscle following his early removal from his start Sunday against the Nationals and was shuttled to the 10-day disabled list shortly thereafter. While the Mets are officially viewing Syndergaard as out indefinitely, it's expected that he could be sidelined for around three months if ElAttrache confirms the original diagnosis of the right-hander's injury. Pitching depth has been a strength for the Mets in past seasons, but the organization doesn't appear adequately prepared to cover for the absence of arguably its top starter, especially with Steven Matz (elbow) and Seth Lugo (elbow) both several weeks away from returning from injuries of their own. Rafael Montero is expected to be called up from Triple-A Las Vegas on Friday to receive the first crack at replacing Syndergaard in the rotation.
Syndergaard will be placed on the 10-day disabled list after an MRI revealed he suffered a partial tear of his right lat muscle; he is out indefinitely. The unfortunate news comes a day after Syndergaard was lifted just 1.1 innings into his start after reaching toward his lat area following a second-inning pitch that caused him noticeable discomfort. The Mets haven't pinpointed an official timetable for Syndergaard's return, though it should be noted that teammate Steven Matz was forced to spend around two months on the DL with a similar injury in 2015, so it seems likely that the 24-year-old will be sidelined for extended time. In the meantime, Sean Gilmartin appears to be in line to gain a rotation spot, though Rafael Montero could get a look as well.
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