ATLANTA – Noah Syndergaard has joined the New York Mets’ long list of ailing players.
The right-hander was placed on the 10-day disabled list Tuesday with a sore right index finger, though the Mets are hopeful he will only miss one start.
After traveling with the team to Atlanta, Syndergaard returned to New York to be examined at The Hospital for Special Surgery. An MRI and examination confirmed a strained ligament.
Manager Mickey Callaway said the injury is not considered serious. If all goes according to plan, Syndergaard would throw a bullpen session this weekend and return to the rotation next week.
Syndergaard was scheduled to pitch Wednesday in the series finale against the Braves. Jason Vargas will move up to make the start after three days of rest after lasting only three innings in his last appearance at Milwaukee on Saturday.
Vargas is 1-3 with a 10.62 ERA in five starts this season. He has surrendered 34 hits, including six homers, and walked 10 in 20 1-3 innings.
Syndergaard is 4-1 with a 3.06 ERA and 76 strikeouts in 64 2/3 innings as one of the Mets’ aces, along with Jacob deGrom. Syndergaard last pitched Friday night in a loss at Milwaukee, receiving no decision after surrendering three runs in six innings.
Right-hander Gerson Bautista, who was called up from Triple-A Las Vegas to serve as an extra player for the doubleheader, will now remain with the team.
Three New York players have gone on the DL since the injury-plagued team arrived in Atlanta. Reliever AJ Ramos (right shoulder strain) and infielder Wilmer Flores (sore lower back) were sidelined before Monday’s doubleheader.
In all, the Mets have 11 players on the DL, including such regulars as outfielder Yoenis Cespedes, third baseman Todd Frazier and catcher Travis d’Arnaud. The pitching staff took another blow when Matt Harvey refused an assignment to the minors and was designated for assignment, setting up the struggling former ace to be dealt to Cincinnati.
The 25-year-old Syndergaard missed 4 1/2 months last season with a partial tear of his right lat muscle.