New York Mets right-handed pitching prospect Noah Syndergaard was placed on the disabled list at Triple-A Las Vegas today. He complained of some elbow discomfort after his last start on May 21st. The preliminary diagnosis is that Syndergaard is hampered by a strained flexor-pronator. Surgery is not generally required for such injuries and this is something that should clear up with proper rest and rehabilitation, provided that the initial diagnosis is accurate and that there is no additional, undiscovered damage.
That said, the Mets are taking no chances and are flying him to New York for further examination.
Overall, in 10 starts for Las Vegas Syndergaard had a 5-2 record with a 4.02 ERA and a 57/19 K/BB in 54 innings with 59 hits allowed. There were reports that his velocity was somewhat lower than normal in his last start for Las Vegas, a five-inning outing against Fresno that resulted in three runs allowed, five hits, two walks, and six strikeouts.
When healthy, Syndegaard features a mid-to-upper-90s fastball and has made great strides improving his curveball and changeup over the last two years. He was originally drafted by the Toronto Blue Jays in the supplemental first round in 2010 from high school in Mansfield, Texas. The Mets acquired him in the R.A. Dickey trade. He was expected to make his big league debut this summer but that is obviously on hold for now.