Mets' Syndergaard out until 2021 as UCL surgery beckons
- Noah Syndergaard is out until 2021 after it was determined he requires surgery on a torn UCL, the New York Mets confirmed.
Hard-throwing New York Mets right-hander Noah Syndergaard has a torn ulnar collateral ligament (UCL) in his pitching elbow and will undergo Tommy John surgery on Thursday.
The rehab will likely keep him sidelined through the first few months of the 2021 season.
"While this is unfortunate, we have no doubt that Noah will be able to return to full strength and continue to be an integral part of our championship pursuits in the future," Mets executive vice-president and general manager Brodie Van Wagenen said in a statement.
An All-Star in 2016, the 27-year-old Syndergaard managed to stay relatively healthy last season, starting 32 games after making 32 starts combined in 2017 and 2018 when he dealt with various injuries.
Despite setting a personal high for games started last season, Syndergaard went 10-8 with 202 strikeouts along with a career-high 4.28 ERA and career-worst 1.23 WHIP for a Mets team that finished third in the NL East at 86-76.
Syndergaard is now the third top-end starting pitcher this spring to need Tommy John surgery, joining the Boston Red Sox's Chris Sale and the New York Yankees' Luis Severino.
Published 25 Mar 2020, 02:52 IST