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Alarms in New York: The Mets have placed Syndergaard on the DL

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Noah Syndergaard

Noah Syndergaard | AP

Noah Syndergaard was placed on the 10-day disabled list with a strained ligament in his right index finger, the Mets announced on Tuesday.

After experiencing soreness in the finger, Syndergaard -- who was scheduled to start on Wednesday against the first-place Braves in Atlanta -- underwent an MRI at the Hospital for Special Surgery in New York, which revealed the ligament strain. He dealt with a blood blister in the same finger that surfaced during his start on Opening Day. 

 

The club didn't give an indication how long it expected Syndergaard to be sidelined.

The right-hander is now the 10th player on the Mets' DL, a list that includes left fielder Yoenis Cespedes, third baseman Todd Frazier, T.J. Rivera and David Wright, center fielder Juan Lagares, right-handers AJ Ramos and Anthony Swarzak, catcher Travis d'Arnaud and infielder Wilmer Flores.

 

Syndergaard, who missed nearly the entire 2017 season with a right lat injury, had remained consistent in a rotation that has largely struggled. Beyond Syndergaard, who is 4-1 with a 3.06 ERA, and Jacob deGrom(4-0, 1.52 ERA), Steven Matz, Jason Vargas and Zack Wheeler have each had their struggles, and the club traded Matt Harvey, once the franchise star, to the Reds earlier this month after designating him for assignment. deGrom avoided a major injury scare when hyperextending his pitching elbow in a May 2 start against the Braves, which forced him to hit the disabled list for the first time since 2014.

 

The news on Syndergaard is yet another blow to a Mets club that started the season healthy and with promise, after surging to first place in the National League East through the season's first month. But after spiraling through most of May, the club, which entered Tuesday 26-25, is now in fourth place and trailing a trio of teams that have proved to be formidable in the early leg of the season.

 Daniel Kramer MLB.com

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