The New York Mets are well-known for players being sideline with freak injuries. But today's latest DL stint is borderline absurd.
The team announced that star pitcher Noah Syndergaard--who just returned from the DL after missing significant time with a finger injury--has been put on the DL again. This time it is for hand, foot and mouth disease.
According to the CDC, hand, foot and mouth disease is a "common viral illness that usually affects infants and children younger than 5 years old." It typically causes fever, mouth sores and a skin rash.
The disease can also occur rarely in adults. Syndergaard apparently has it, and the Mets believe he contracted it while working at a youth camp.
While Syndergaard's illness seems ridiculous, it is no joke. The disease doesn't take too long to go away, but it can be quite painful and debilitating in adults.
Fortunately, his DL stint doesn't seem like it will be a long one. He should be back in early August.
This season for the Mets, however, has to feel like it has gone on for a decade.