Syndergaard Diagnosed With Low-Grade Hamstring Strain

Matt Citak
June 17, 2019 - 4:30 pm
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It was a rough weekend for the New York Mets.

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With the team set to embark on an 11-game road trip starting Monday in Atlanta, the Mets dropped three-of-four games against the Cardinals in a pivotal series at home.

On top of the disappointing performance on the field, New York took several potential big hits on the injury front.

Noah Syndergaard was forced to depart from Saturday's win in the 7th inning with a strained right hamstring. The Mets wasted no time making a move on Syndergaard, placing the starting pitcher on the injured list Sunday morning. 

However, New York seems to have caught a break with the 26-year-old's injury, as Mickey Callaway told reporters Monday that it's a low-grade hamstring strain for the pitcher.

Syndergaard briefly told the media Monday that he's in "tip-top" shape while on his way onto the field to play catch and do agility drills. He will miss his next start, but is eligible to return from the IL on June 25, which would line up with his normal rotation spot.

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The 6-foot-6 pitcher is 5-4 with a 4.55 ERA and 1.211 WHIP in 15 starts this season.

New York suffered another injury scare within its rotation on Sunday, after Jason Vargas left the game during his at-bat in the 4th inning.

Vargas fouled off a pitch before indicating to the dugout that he was in pain. After a brief conversation with Callaway and trainer Brian Chicklo, the veteran walked gingerly towards the dugout.

The 36-year-old appears to have avoided a serious injury though, as the team announced that Vargas was removed from the game because of a cramp in his left calf. 

After a rough start to the season, Vargas has become one of the team's most consistent pitcher over the last few weeks, surrendering just 11 earned runs over his last 45 innings.

For the year, Vargas is 3-3 with a 3.74 ERA in 55.1 innings.

Unfortunately for the Mets, the bad news extended beyond the starting rotation.

It looked like outfielder Brandon Nimmo was nearing a return to the team after appearing in five rehab games across Single-A St. Lucie and Triple-A Syracuse recently.

Brandon Nimmo heads to third for an inside the park home run in the first inning against the Colorado Rockies at Coors Field.
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However, Nimmo was scratched from the Triple-A lineup Friday night with neck soreness. As if that wasn't bad enough, the young outfielder has flown to Los Angeles to get a second opinion on the bulging disk in his neck, according to a report from the New York Post's Joel Sherman.

Nimmo will see Dr. Robert Watkins, the same doctor who examined David Wright while the third baseman was battling spinal stenosis. 

The 26-year-old has been on the injured list with the neck injury since May 22. In 43 games this year, Nimmo is hitting .200/.344/.323 with three home runs and 14 RBIs.

The icing on the injury cake is the confusing update Brodie Van Wagenen gave on infielder Jed Lowrie Saturday.

Lowrie has yet to make his debut with the Mets, as the veteran has been dealing with several different injuries - first a left knee capsule sprain, then a left hamstring strain - since the start of spring training.

On Saturday, Van Wagenen added to the confusion surrounding the veteran when he told reporters that Lowrie's "left side has caused him problems," but would not elaborate. 

The general manager would not say whether or not the 35-year-old had suffered a new injury, but did say that Lowrie is taking ground balls and "continuing his baseball progression." 

The Mets signed Lowrie to a 2-year, $20 million contract over the offseason.

It wasn't complete doom and gloom for New York, as Sunday saw second baseman Robinson Cano return from the injured list.

Cano was out since June 5 after aggravating a left quadriceps injury in his first game back from the injured list. Sunday was only the second contest the 36-year-old has played in since May 22.

The veteran went 1-for-3 with a walk in his return to the lineup, including a double and run scored. Cano is hitting .240/.289/.371 with three home runs and 14 RBI in 47 games on the year.