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Storylines: Mets pitcher Noah Syndergaard out indefinitely with lat tear

The New York Mets have suffered yet another major setback to their core after losing their ace pitcher, Noah Syndergaard, to a partial tear in his right lat muscle. As of now, there is no timetable for his return to the mound. That and all the other news and notes from around baseball on Monday...

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- The hits just keep on coming for the New York Mets. The team has suffered another key injury to their core and have just another obstacle to overcome in their pursuit of a postseason spot in the 2017 playoffs. The Mets will be without the services of prized righty Noah Syndergaard for a while due to him suffering a partial tear of his right lat muscle per a team announcement. There is no timetable for his return but will probably miss at least two months of baseball action before returning to the mound in any form.  The flame throwing righty recently felt discomfort in his right biceps the previous week and had his start pushed back to give him time to recover. He declined to go for an MRI as he reportedly believed his injury was nothing too serious that would prevent him from pitching. His confidence was not rewarded as he only pitched into the second inning of Sunday’s game against the NL East Division rival Washington Nationals before having to leave the game as he felt something pull in his right lateral muscle. It’s a huge blow to the pitching staff as the Mets are already without Seth Lugo and Steven Matz until the end of May so losing Syndergaard is just adding insult to injury. The Mets will use minor league right Rafael Montero in Syndergaard’s place for the time being but have to cross their fingers that no more serious injuries strike their team otherwise they may be in serious trouble for the rest of the 2017 season.

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- The Oakland Athletics have activated right-hander Sonny Gray from the DL per John Hickey of the Bay Area News Group. Gray has yet to take the mount in an actual major league game due to a lateral strain and has devoted his time since then to building back up his arm strength to the point where he’s been off on minor league rehab assignments.  He has dealt with various injuries the past year-and-a-half and is looking to put all those setbacks behind him as he starts his 2017 season officially.

- The Toronto Blue Jays are sending ace righty Aaron Sanchez back to the 10-day DL per a team announcement. Sanchez is hitting the DL with a split nail in his right middle finger.  The righty tried to come back from a blister problem in his right hand but only lasted one inning during Sunday’s contest against the Tampa Bay Rays. It remains unclear what the next course of treatment will be for the righty.

- Los Angeles Angels southpaw Tyler Skaggs is expected to miss the next 10-12 weeks with a grade 2 oblique strain per Mark Feisand of The young lefty has yet to pitch a complete season at the major league level since his promotion in 2012 as he has encountered a variety of setbacks mostly due to injury. He has received a PRP injection to treat his oblique and the only thing the Angels can do now is hope for the best that he makes a full recovery as their pitching staff is thinning.

- The Los Angeles Dodgers are putting southpaw Hyun-Jin Ryu back on the 10-day DL with a hip contusion per a team announcement. He suffered the injury while trying to slide while running the bases in his last start. The good news is that the Dodgers do not expect him to be out long and will look to have him back as soon as the ten days are up.

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