The Mets are placing Noah Syndergaard on the 10-day disabled list after he contracted hand, foot and mouth disease, Anthony DiComo of MLB.com was among those to tweet. The club doesn’t expect it to be a long-term issue, per DiComo, and it believes he contracted the illness while working at a kids camp over the All-Star break, David Lennon of Newsday adds.
This is the second DL stint of the year for Syndergaard, who just returned on July 13 after missing nearly two months with a finger injury. It also continues an almost comical run of bad injury luck for the Mets dating back to last season, when a host of important players (including Syndergaard) began hitting the DL. This year has been more of the same for New York, which has stumbled to a 40-56 record and last place in the National League East.
With the Mets serving as deadline sellers this summer, Syndergaard has been an oft-speculated trade candidate. The Mets aren’t actively shopping him, however, and would understandably require an enormous return in order to move the flamethrowing 25-year-old. Even though he has only totaled 105 innings since last year (74 2/3 this season), Syndergaard remains one of the majors’ most valuable starters. While Syndergaard has racked up just 13 starts this year, he has already accumulated 2.3 fWAR, thanks to a 2.89 ERA/2.56 FIP and 10.0 K/9 against 1.81 BB/9.