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Mets management: Noah is the foundation of our franchise. We can’t afford to have him miss one start in April. Pitch him on Sunday!
Syndergaard proceeds to have the worst outing of his career before throwing a pitch that leaves him writhing in pain. He’s been diagnosed with a torn lat muscle, after finally getting that MRI, and is out indefinitely. The Mets’ season is pretty much over by May 1.
Debate all you want about whether the Mets could have forced Syndergaard to get an MRI. What was entirely under their control was whether to pitch him. In an age when every young pitcher is handled with the gentlest of kid gloves, how do you not rest your 24-year-old ace for a couple of weeks while he’s battling arm issues? It doesn’t matter whether the guy tells you he’s fine. Everyone saw this disaster coming. Everyone, that is, except Mets management.
It feels almost unprecedented for one team to make three colossal errors in judgment in succession like this. Especially when handling star players.
But if it was going to happen, Mets management would be the ones to pull it off.
Antoine Vermette Authentic Jersey NFL officials, of course, already have the option to eject players for illegal hits, and the league already can suspend players for such offenses. The rarity of those ejections and suspensions, though, apparently is not satisfactory.