'Joe & Evan': Noah Syndergaard Tommy John Surgery 'Just Sucks'

The Mets Pitcher Will Miss The Entire 2020 Season

Joe & Evan
March 24, 2020 - 5:21 pm

The news on this Tuesday was crushing for Mets fans.

According to multiple reports, Noah Syndergaard has a torn ulnar collateral ligament in his right elbow which will require Tommy John surgery. That means Syndergaard will be out for the entirety of the 2020 season, and likely for a decent chunk of the following campaign as well.

Joe Benigno and Evan Roberts reacted to the stunning news on their show on WFAN on Tuesday. Roberts viewed it as a brutal blow for the Mets that came completely out of left field.

"This one is far worse than Robby (Anderson) going to Carolina ... It just sucks," said Roberts. "It sucks. It's frustrating for the fan, but really the player, that something like this is going to wipe away a year of his career ... The kick to the lower region that Noah Syndergaard needs Tommy John surgery."

It was a particularly tough few minutes for those who are fans of the Jets and the Mets. It had just been reported that the Jets lost Robby Anderson to the Carolina Panthers in free agency.

For Syndergaard, the road back will be long. In a statement, the Mets said that he had been experiencing discomfort before camp was suspended due to the coronavirus outbreak.

Noah Syndergaard delivers a pitch in the first inning against the Cleveland Indians on Aug. 22, 2019, at Citi Field.
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The 27-year-old will have surgery in Florida on Thursday, as there is currently a ban on elective surgeries in New York to keep medical resources focused on fighting the large number of COVID-19 cases in the state.

Benigno acknowledged that it was crushing news, but also noted that it would be even worse if the season was about to start as scheduled.

“It bothers me, without doubt. But it would bother me more if the season was starting in two days. Like if we're getting ready for Opening Day on Thursday, and we get this bombshell news that Noah now is done for the year and needs Tommy John, it would hit me a lot harder than it's hitting me now. I have to say that."

Roberts disagreed with his fellow host. He actually thought the loss hurt more now, at a time when Mets fans are cooped up in their homes trying to distract themselves from the coronavirus pandemic.

“It's bothering me more than that ... because we right now are stuck in our homes, we're doing what's best to try to get over this virus and kind of get back to normal life. And, as part of doing that, we're all trying to distract ourselves. Some people are buying video game sets ... some people are just watching TV, going out for runs, doing whatever you can to try to distract yourself from the reality we all live in, which of course matters a heck of a lot more than the sports world. And so, I end up finding myself thinking about little things ... and now my brain is stuck in this place of Noah Syndergaard being out for the year. And I'm thinking about the Met rotation, and I'm thinking about what he's going to be like next year."

Click on the audio player above to listen to the full reaction from the 'Joe & Evan' show.