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Syndergaard shut down for six weeks as Mets 'pray' for 2021 return

By Sports Desk May 27, 2021

New York Mets ace Noah Syndergaard has been shut down for six weeks due to right elbow inflammation.

Syndergaard had been targeting a mid-June return, having missed the coronavirus-shortened 2020 MLB season following Tommy John surgery on his pitching elbow.

The 2016 All-Star – who threw a career-high 197.2 pitches in 2019, with 202 strikeouts but a career-worst 4.28 ERA – had felt discomfort during a minor league rehab start on Tuesday.

Now, Syndergaard and the Mets have been dealt a major blow, with the pitcher set to remain on the injured list until at least August.

"We pray that he can pitch for us this year," Mets manager Luis Rojas said of the 28-year-old – who is scheduled to become a free agent after the 2021 season – on Thursday.

"As tough as it is for us to hear, I can't imagine how tough it is for him," Rojas said. "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."

Rojas added: "It's big. We were just counting on him being here a month or less than a month from now, and this happening is tough.

"All in all, it's good to hear that there's no structural damage in the UCL [ulnar collateral ligament], but let's see. … I think this is the right approach, being preventative."

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