Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

MLB Notes: Mets Put Syndergaard on DL

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

MLB Notes: Mets Put Syndergaard on DL

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Mets' Syndergaard heads to DL

New York Mets general manager Sandy Alderson might accelerate his search for pitching help after the team placed staff ace Noah Syndergaard on the 10-day disabled list Monday because of a partial tear of a muscle going up his back toward his right (throwing) shoulder.

The Mets said there is no timetable for Syndergaard's return, leaving Alderson to look for pitching help outside the organization.

Fellow Mets pitcher Steven Matz missed two months because of a similar injury in 2015. Matz now is on the disabled list because of left elbow irritation. He could return by the end of May.

Syndergaard (1-2) allowed five runs on five hits in the first inning of Sunday's 23-5 loss to the Nationals. He grimaced after throwing a pitch in the second inning and reached for his right armpit before leaving the field with a trainer and manager Terry Collins.

The injury came only a couple days after he said he felt fine and refused to have an MRI exam. He was a late scratch from a scheduled start last Thursday after complaining of biceps and shoulder discomfort in his pitching arm.

After Sunday's injury, there was no room for debate about the MRI. The test early Monday revealed the partial tear.

"The doctor has said there wasn't any connection, there isn't any connection, between what happened and a possible bicep injury," Alderson said. "That's all I can go on."

Rafael Montero is expected to start in Syndergaard's place on Friday, against the Marlins.

The Mets also are without slugger Yoenis Cespedes, who was placed on the disabled list Friday because of a strained left hamstring.

Also, first baseman Lucas Duda out because of a hyperextended elbow had a setback during his minor-league rehab assignment and thus was not activated from the 10-day DL on Monday.

Infielder Wilmer Flores (right knee infection) also is out.

Cabrera, Britton on verge of returning * Tigers manager Brad Ausmus said he expects first baseman Miguel Cabrera to come off the disabled list Tuesday to face Cleveland. The standout slugger hasn't played since April 21 because of a groin injury. Cabrera crushed some pitches in batting practice Monday, ran the bases and fielded grounders. …

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