Elective or non-elective?
As New York City imposes a ban on non-elective surgery, Noah Syndergaard will undergo Tommy John surgery Thursday to repair a torn ulnar collateral ligament in his right elbow at the Hospital for Special Surgery in West Palm Beach, Fla.
But with Florida also limiting surgery to essential procedures during the COVID-19 outbreak, it raises the question whether Syndergaard’s situation fits the criteria.
According to an industry source, the pitcher and team were told Syndergaard has an acutely torn UCL with acute compression of the ulnar nerve. Syndergaard and the team were told, according to the source, the condition fits the essential surgery guidelines.
On its website, HSS Florida says it offers outpatient orthopedic care — including diagnostic services — ambulatory surgery, rehabilitation and sports performance programs.
Typical rehab for Tommy John surgery is 14-15 months, meaning Syndergaard likely won’t be ready to pitch for the Mets again until at least June 2021.