The New York Mets' two-game sweep of the Royals was overshadowed by uncertainty after Yoenis Cespedes and Noah Syndergaard both exited Wednesday's 4-3 win. Syndergaard, who yielded a diminished fastball and gave up three runs in six innings, left the game with soreness around his pitching elbow. Meanwhile, Cespedes exited in the same inning with a mild left wrist sprain.
But after several hours of tense speculation, Mets faithful can be comforted knowing both players appear to be alright. According to ESPN’s Adam Rubin, an MRI revealed no structural damage on Syndergaard’s elbow, while Cespedes’ sprain will not send him to the disabled list. He received a cortisone shot and is currently day-to-day, according to Newsday’s Laura Albanese.
This isn’t the first time Syndergaard has had his arm examined this season. He felt similar discomfort in his arm after his start on May 1, but no structural damage was found. Syndergaard threw 115 pitches in his prior start against the Pirates, a dominant start in which he lasted 8.1 innings, the longest outing of his career. There’s no word if his scheduled Monday start against the Nationals is in jeopardy.
Cespedes has looked rejuvenated in June, going 6-18 his last seven days while hitting .333 so far this month.
Cespedes and Syndergaard are part of a growing group of Mets who have been infected with the injury bug this season, as the team fights to stay in contention with the Nationals as the All-Star break approaches. Bartolo Colon left Tuesday’s game after a ball ricocheted off of his right thumb. Thankfully for him, X-rays were also negative. But other injuries continue to linger, including Jim Henderson's right biceps tendinitis and Lucas Duda’s stress fracture in his lower back. Neither player has an established timetable for return.
On the other hand, Travis D'Arnaud recently returned, while Juan Lagares shouldn’t be out much longer with a sprained right thumb. In addition, Zack Wheeler is still on track to returning after the break, though his name is commonly mentioned in potential trades for the Mets’ struggling lineup. All of these injuries pale in comparison to David Wright's likely season-ending neck surgery.null