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Report: Noah Syndergaard expected to undergo Tommy John surgery

Mets starter is expected to be out until April 2021 due to UCL tear in his throwing elbow.

New York Mets starting pitcher Noah Syndergaard throws in the first inning Houston Astros at Clover Park. Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports

New York Mets SP Noah Syndergaard is expected to undergo Tommy John surgery, ESPN’s Jeff Passan reported Tuesday afternoon. Syndergaard could be out at least until April 2021 due to the tear in his UCL. The Mets are now down a SP pitcher for the upcoming season

Right now, MLB is on a break due to the coronavirus outbreak concern. Once the season resumes, the Mets will be left with Jacob deGrom, Rick Porcello, Marcus Stroman and Steven Matz in the rotation. It’s still a deep group but not having Thor the entire season hurts.

Synergaard, 27, is coming off his worst MLB season with the Mets. He had a 4.28 ERA and a 2.3 WAR over 32 starts in 2019. Thor still had over a K per inning with over 200 strikeouts, but allowed a career-high 24 HRs. Syndergaard will enter arbitration in 2021 and his first crack at free agency would be 2022. That could be his path to getting back from Tommy John. The track record isn’t great but we’ve seen pitchers come back from it in the past.