The New York Mets placed All-Star right-hander Noah Syndergaard on the 10-day disabled list with a strained right index finger.
The team announced Syndergaard had an MRI exam and clinical examination on Tuesday that confirmed the strained ligament. The move is retroactive to Saturday.
“It started popping up after his last start and he really noticed it on his bullpen day,” Mets manager Mickey Callaway told reporters. “This is really something that just popped up. He had no symptoms of this at all.”
Syndergaard, 25, last pitched on Friday, allowing three runs on six hits over six innings in a no-decision against the Milwaukee Brewers. He was scheduled to start Wednesday against the Atlanta Braves; left-hander Jason Vargas will move up a day to fill the void.
“Right now, the goal is to rest it a couple of days and give him (Syndergaard) a bullpen this weekend,” said Callaway. “After that, he should be all good.”
With Syndergaard headed to the DL, right-hander Gerson Bautista will remain with the club after being called up from Triple-A Las Vegas to serve as the 26th man for the team’s doubleheader Monday.
Syndergaard is 4-1 with a 3.06 ERA and 76 strikeouts in 64 2/3 innings of work this year. He hasn’t allowed more than three runs in a start since allowing four on Opening Day in a win over the St. Louis Cardinals.
His injury is the latest of a long list for the Mets, who are without outfielder Yoenis Cespedes, third baseman Todd Frazier, center fielder Juan Lagares, catcher Travis d’Arnaud, infielder Wilmer Flores and relievers AJ Ramos and Anthony Swarzak.
Before Monday night’s 8-5 win over the Braves to cap a doubleheader, the Mets had lost four straight games and six of their previous seven.
–Field Level Media