WASHINGTON — Three days after the Mets scratched his last start because of right biceps discomfort, Noah Syndergaard departed Sunday’s outing against the Nationals in the second inning with what the team called a possible lat strain. Syndergaard appeared to grab the area under his right arm after throwing a pitch to Bryce Harper with one out in the second.
As Syndergaard grimaced in pain, Mets manager Terry Collins and trainer Ray Ramirez approached him on the mound. He departed shortly thereafter, giving way to reliever Sean Gilmartin.
It has been an eventful week for Syndergaard, who said Thursday that he was taking anti-inflammatory medication and, earlier in the week, could not lift his right arm above his shoulder. But after the Mets scratched his start, Syndergaard refused an MRI. He threw a bullpen session Friday at Nationals Park, after which the Mets cleared him to start.
Regarding Syndergaard’s MRI refusal, general manager Sandy Alderson quipped: “I can’t strap him down and throw him in the tube.”
Though Syndergaard dialed his fastball up to 100 mph in Sunday’s start, he gave up five runs in the first inning for the first time in his career.