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Mets prospect Noah Syndergaard has an elbow injury

May 26, 2014, 1:16 PM EST

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Mets minor leaguer Noah Syndergaard, who ranked among the top 20 prospects in baseball coming into the season according to both Baseball America and MLB.com, has been placed on the Triple-A disabled list with a flexor pronator strain in his right elbow.

Any time a young pitcher is shut down with elbow problems that leads to thoughts of Tommy John surgery, but Adam Rubin of ESPN New York reports that for now at least the Mets are referring to the injury as “mild.” He is, however, headed to New York to be examined further by team doctors.

Syndergaard has a 4.02 ERA in 10 starts at Triple-A, which is a lot more impressive than it first appears considering a) he’s one of the youngest players in the entire Pacific Coast League at age 21, and b) Las Vegas is a tremendously hitter-friendly environment to call home. He has 57 strikeouts versus 19 walks in 54 innings, which is very promising considering the context.

  1. proudlycanadian - May 26, 2014 at 1:22 PM

    He is a long tall Texan who throws hard. He is still young, so if surgery is required, it is unlikely to derail his career. Vegas is a lousy place to pitch in. When the Jays had their farm team in Las Vegas, they did not send their top pitching prospects there.

  2. chill1184 - May 26, 2014 at 1:32 PM

    Whatever, no point in getting pissed over this. Part for the F-ing course

  3. mantastic54 - May 26, 2014 at 1:54 PM

    If the mets say it’s mild, that means see you in 2016

  4. nymets05 - May 26, 2014 at 2:37 PM

    Wilson,Isringhausen and Pulsipher.

  5. dcarroll73 - May 26, 2014 at 3:03 PM

    Too bad the Mets didn’t keep Aardsma. They could be the only team in MLB with not only 3 players with an initial lowercase ‘d’ but also with 2 players with ‘aa’ in their names. That could make Ripley’s.

  6. garybrian - May 26, 2014 at 3:48 PM

    Wonder why so many pitchers are having Tommy John? I read somewhere years ago it has to do with throwing pitches like the splitter that put their elbows in an unusual position. Any thought?

    • elrock7 - May 26, 2014 at 9:15 PM

      I heard a doctor on sports radio say it is due largely because they pitch so many innings starting at such a young age. Youth coaches recognize the talent and just over work them without any forethought for the future of these kids.

  7. bbk1000 - May 26, 2014 at 4:27 PM

    It doesn’t matter…if he were to stay on the big league club, pitch to a 1.69 ERA he’d end up 1 – 5 if he was lucky…..

    Between the bullpen, the owners, Terry’s inability to manage, there is no hope…..

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