11:12pm: Both players suggested that there isn’t cause for alarm after the game, as Rubin reports. Syndergaard said he did not experience any elbow pain, but was dealing with “a little shoulder fatigue.”
Cespedes, meanwhile, said that he’s dealt with a similar issue and only missed a handful of days. He expressed hope that he’d avoid a DL stint. Skipper Terry Collins also sounded an optimistic tone, saying that the club would likely just go with a short-handed roster for the time being rather than rushing into any DL determinations.
10:14pm: Manager Terry Collins explains: “[Syndergaard] just said his arm went dead. It got tired on him.” (Via Rubin, on Twitter).
9:23pm: Syndergaard was suffering from “arm fatigue” when he was pulled, the Mets announced. The issue was “not elbow-related.”
8:19pm: Already dealing with the loss of Matt Harvey for the year, the Mets now have to new injury situations to watch. Star center fielder Yoenis Cespedes left the action with what’s being called a quadriceps strain, while budding staff ace Noah Syndergaard left in the middle of the fifth inning with an unknown malady.
It’s far too soon to know whether either player could be dealing with a significant issue, but the surrounding circumstances add to the concern. And that’s all before considering the fact that these two players have been the organization’s two best through the first half of the season.
In the case of Cespedes, ESPNNewYork.com’s Adam Rubin suggests on Twitter that the quick diagnosis of a strain — not a “mild” strain, or discomfort, say — is unusual for the tight-lipped organization. A full analysis will be required before the team will know more, but there’s at least some cause for added attention.
That’s all the more true for Syndergaard. While we’ve heard both team and player downplay the issue, he has dealt with a barking elbow at various points of the season. Syndergaard has a reputedly small bone spur, which is hardly uncommon, but this isn’t the first time he’s been pulled early. Something obviously triggered the move, as Syndergaard was pulled in the middle of the fifth inning while sitting at just 79 pitches. James Wagner of the New York Times tweets that his final two fastballs clocked in at 95 and 94 mph, which is well below his ridiculous 98+ average velocity but perhaps isn’t overly concerning in and of itself.