New York Mets starting pitcher Noah Syndergaard was lifted from his scheduled Major League Baseball start Thursday against Atlanta and sent to a doctor over issues in his right arm.
Mets manager Terry Collins said Thursday that the 24-year-old right-hander, who helped the Mets reach the 2015 World Series as a rookie, was sent to a specialist due to tightness in his right biceps muscle.
Syndergaard, a Texan nicknamed Thor for his long blonde hair, has been dealing with a “tired arm,” Collins said, adding that he has felt discomfort since making his most recent start a week ago against Philadelphia.
As a rookie in 2015, Syndergaard won game two of the National League Championship Series as the Mets swept the Chicago Cubs in four games to reach the World Series. Syndergaard pitched New York to a game three World Series victory but it was the Mets’ only win in a championship showdown loss to Kansas City.
His absence pushed right-hander Matt Harvey to the mound a day early for Thursday’s game against the Braves as the Mets try to snap a five-game losing streak. They are 8-12 and already 6 1/2 games behind Washington to stand fourth in the National League East division.
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