Mets starting pitcher Noah Syndergaard has a torn ulnar collateral ligament in his right elbow and is expected to undergo Tommy John surgery in the near future, according to a report from ESPN MLB insider Jeff Passan. (Jeff Passan on Twitter)
Syndergaard had an up-and-down year in 2019 but still struck out 202 batters over 197 2/3 innings, and many analysts expected him to bounce back in a big way in 2020. Instead, he becomes the latest top-level starting pitcher to hit the shelf for Tommy John surgery, joining the likes of Luis Severino and Chris Sale. Syndergaard is now out for all of this season and at least the beginning of 2021, and the Mets will likely turn to a rotation of Jacob deGrom, Marcus Stroman, Rick Porcello, Steven Matz, Michael Wacha to start 2020.