Whenever baseball starts back up again, the Mets won’t have Noah Syndergaard.
The flame-throwing right-hander has a torn ulnar collateral ligament in his pitching elbow and will undergo Tommy John surgery on Thursday. Team doctor David Altchek will perform the surgery.
“After experiencing discomfort in his elbow before Spring Training was suspended due to the pandemic, Noah and our health and performance department have been in constant contact,” Brodie Van Wagenen said in a statement. “Based on the persistence of his symptoms, Noah underwent a physical examination and MRI that revealed the ligament tear. A second opinion from Dr. Neal ElAttrache confirmed the diagnosis and the recommendation for surgery. Noah is an incredibly hard worker and a tremendous talent. While this is unfortunate, we have no doubt that Noah will be able to return to full strength and continue to be an integral part of our Championship pursuits in the future.”
Syndergaard, 27, will miss the entire 2020 season — in whatever form it takes after MLB delayed the start of the season because of the coronavirus outbreak.
Syndergaard is under team control through the 2021 season.