The Mets have placed right-hander Noah Syndergaard on the 10-day injured list, Tim Britton of The Athletic was among those to report. They activated second baseman Robinson Cano from the IL to take Syndergaard’s 25-man roster spot.
Syndergaard exited his start Saturday with a hamstring strain, though it’s not yet clear how severe it is. Regardless, this will go down as yet another injury-shortened season for Syndergaard, who hasn’t been at his usual form when he has taken the mound this year. Having allowed four earned runs in six innings during a win over the Cardinals on Saturday, Syndergaard owns a career-worst 4.55 ERA in 95 frames. The 26-year-old’s strikeout rate (8.81 per nine) and swinging-strike percentage (12.0) are also all-time lows, though he has still managed to limit walks (2.27 per nine), induce ground balls (47.6 percent) and post a 3.59 FIP.
It’s unclear how the Mets will replace Syndergaard during his absence. Even when Syndergaard was healthy, a lack of starting depth was a problem for the team. It’s possible the Mets will now turn to Triple-A righty Walker Lockett, Anthony DiComo of MLB.com suggests.
Cano, meanwhile, has landed on the IL twice since May 23 with left quad issues. The Mets reinstated Cano from his first IL trip June 5, only to place him on the shelf again after the 36-year-old re-aggravated the injury in his first game back.
With Cano, a first-year Met, set to serve as one of their highest-paid players over the next few seasons, all they can do is hope his durable ways return. Prior to 2018, when he fractured his hand on a hit by pitch, Cano was a pillar of health for the Yankees and Mariners. From 2007-17, he appeared in no fewer than 150 regular-season games each year.
Now, if Cano’s quad problem is behind him, the Mets will need far better production from the offseason acquisition. Cano has slashed a meek .238/.264/.388 (76 wRC+) with three home runs in 183 plate appearances this year.