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Mets shut down Noah Syndergaard for six weeks due to elbow issue

Mets shut down Noah Syndergaard for six weeks due to elbow issue
New York Mets starting pitcher Noah Syndergaard, shown Sept. 2, 2019, was pulled from his second rehab start Tuesday after just one inning due to right elbow inflammation. File Photo by Kevin Dietsch/UPI | License Photo

May 27 (UPI) -- New York Mets starting pitcher Noah Syndergaard was shut down for six weeks because of right elbow inflammation, the team announced Thursday.

"It's big. We were just counting on him being here a month from now," Mets manager Luis Rojas told reporters. "This happening is tough. ... We pray that he can pitch for us this year."

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Rojas said an MRI exam revealed no structural damage in Syndergaard's throwing elbow.

On Tuesday, Syndergaard -- who had Tommy John surgery in March 2020 -- exited his second rehab start after just one inning (16 pitches) due to soreness in the elbow. He was scheduled to throw at least four innings for Class A St. Lucie.

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The 28-year-old Syndergaard had pitched four scoreless innings in his first outing for St. Lucie. He allowed one hit and struck out five while throwing 44 pitches.

Zack Scott, the Mets' acting general manager, said Monday that Syndergaard was on track to make his MLB return in mid-June.

"As tough as it is for us to hear, I can't imagine how tough it is for him," Rojas said of Syndergaard. "This guy works really hard. He was in unbelievable shape. He was throwing the ball like you expect him to throw the ball, with all the force that he has, and probably that caused this to happen."

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Syndergaard, who was an All-Star selection in 2016, missed the COVID-19-shortened 2020 season after undergoing the Tommy John surgery on his pitching elbow that year. He is scheduled to become a free agent after the 2021 season.

He threw a career-best 197 2/3 innings in the 2019 campaign but posted a career-worst 4.28 ERA. The right-hander has a career 3.31 ERA in parts of five seasons, all with the Mets.

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