The New York Mets announced devastating news earlier this week, as star pitcher Noah Syndergaard suffered a torn UCL. Unfortunately his injury required Tommy John surgery, which will keep him out of action for the 2020 season - assuming the MLB doesn't cancel it entirely.
Syndergaard didn't play up to his standards last season. The 27-year-old righty had a 4.28 ERA and 10-8 record. It was technically the worst season of his young career thus far.
Obviously this injury isn't ideal for the Mets or Syndergaard, but it's encouraging to hear that he underwent successful surgery on Thursday. As for when he may return, it appears sometime in 2021 is the target.
According to ESPN insider Jeff Passan, the expectation is that Syndergaard will miss 12-14 months due to Tommy John surgery. If he doesn't suffer any setbacks during his rehab, the former All-Star pitcher should be ready to pitch by next summer.
Losing a game-changer like Noah Syndergaard hurts for the immediate future. Fortunately for the Mets though, the MLB is currently on hold due to health concerns around the country. When the Mets do return to action this year, they'll still have a solid pitching rotation. Jacob deGrom is one of the best pitchers in the league and Marcus Stroman did make the All-Star Game last season. New York also acquired a few quality arms in Michael Wacha and Rick Porcello in free agency. We'll find out just how much Syndergaard means to the Mets whenever the 2020 season begins. [
New York Mets right-hander Noah Syndergaard underwent successful Tommy John surgery on Thursday, a source tells ESPN. If all goes well in his recovery, he'll miss 12-14 months and return sometime in the 2021 season.
— Jeff Passan (@JeffPassan) March 27, 2020