The second medical opinion that pitcher Noah Syndergaard received on the breakdown of his lateral muscle by Dr. Neal ElAttrache was “all positive” in the sense that it revealed nothing more than a simple break, according to several reports.
Even so, the ace of the New York Mets’ rotation faces a lengthy streak on the disabled list, with the most conservative estimates of its return hovering in the three months.
The Mets placed Syndergaard on the 10-day disabled list on Monday, but general manager Sandy Alderson anticipated at that time that “this will not be measured in days, but weeks” and that Syndergaard’s absence will be “a time considerable”.
Syndergaard had missed his previous departure on April 27 due to muscle discomfort and his biceps. He was scheduled to undergo an MRI test on April 28, but declined after releasing him into a session in the bullpen.
Syndergaard was pulled out of his Sunday opener against the Washington Nationals in the bottom of second inning holding his right side after a sending to Bryce Harper. He had allowed five runs and five hits in the first inning of the Nationals’ 23-5 victory.
Alderson also said on Monday that it was his decision to allow Syndergaard to pitch on Sunday.