Well, if you didnt think the situation regarding baseball could get a whole lot worse, it just did.
It was announced on Tuesday evening that Mets starter Noah Syndergaard has torn his ulnar collateral ligament in his right arm and is expected to undergo Tommy John Surgery in the coming days. This procedure is expected to keep him out until at least April 2021, and it’s likely he won’t pitch in the majors until June 2021.
Syndergaard, 28 had just come off his worst season in the major leagues, pitching to a combined 10-8 record with a 4.28 ERA and a 1.28 WHIP. Syndergaard allowed 94 Earned Runs over 197 innings (a career-high). As often the case among major league pitchers last year, Syndergaard complained that the grip of the ball was different, and the ball felt like ‘an ice cube’ in his hands.
The 6-6 right-hander had made an okay start to spring training, striking out 11 batters in three starts, posting a 3.36 ERA. An encouraging sign was that he walked zero batters.
It is very possible that Noah Syndergaard does not throw a pitch for the Mets again as he is a free-agent once the 2021 season concludes, it is also possible, depending on the COVID-19 situation that Syndergaard becomes the only pitcher to not miss a start while undergoing Tommy John Surgery.
Well folks, that is about as much Mets news I can report on at the moment, so remember: stay indoors and wash your hands. We will get through this eventually and hopefully, baseball will bless our screens once again in 2020!
Alex Worth is covering the New York Mets during 2020 as part of the growing team of writers at Bat Flips and Nerds. Follow him on Twitter @AlexWorth17
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