Mets ace Noah Syndergaard exits Wednesday's start with elbow issue

UPDATE: The Mets actually got great news here. An MRI revealed no damage, so Syndergaard has been given anti-inflammation medication. His scheduled start for Monday is obviously not a sure thing, but it doesn't sound like it's off the table, either (via Adam Rubin of ESPN New York).

ORIGINAL: Wednesday afternoon the Mets beat the Royals (NY 4, KC 2) to earn a quick two-game sweep of Kansas City at Citi Field Payback for the 2015 World Series? Well, no, not really. But the Mets need to win games and they took care of business against the Royals.

It was not all good news Wednesday, however. Ace right-hander Noah Syndergaard left the game after six innings because his elbow started barking.

Well that isn't good. Syndergaard had his elbow checked out a few weeks ago but did not have to miss a start. The fact his elbow flared up enough that he had to be removed from a game and sent to the doctor right away is pretty scary.

Syndergaard, 23, went into Wednesday's game with a 1.91 ERA (206 ERA+) and 106 strikeouts in 85 innings. He held the Royals to three runs in six innings, and while that qualifies as a quality start, it can be considered a rough start by Syndergaard's standards.

The Mets rearranged their rotation this week -- specifically, they pushed Syndergaard back a day -- allowing Syndergaard to face the Nationals next week.

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Noah Syndergaard left Wednesday's start after his elbow flared up. USATSI
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