Syndergaard, Tommy John surgery
Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports

New York Mets starting pitcher Noah Syndergaard suffered a torn ulnar collateral ligament in his right elbow and will undergo Tommy John surgery. The news, first reported by ESPN’s Jeff Passan, was confirmed in a statement from the team on Tuesday.

The news is crushing for a team that had World Series aspirations in 2020, even with the MLB season suspended indefinitely. The 27-year-old would have lined up as the New York’s No. 2 starter behind Jacob deGrom, helping provide the Mets with one of MLB’s best rotations.

Syndergaard posted a 4.28 ERA and 1.23 WHIP across 197.2 innings this season with New York. However, he started to improve after the All-Star Break with a 3.82 ERA across his final 15 starts.

The Mets acquired Rick Porcello and Steven Matz this offseason, strengthening the back of a rotation that hurt the team in 2019. Now with Syndergaard likely sidelined until the summer of 2021, Michael Wacha will likely step up into the rotation for the upcoming season.

Matt Johnson
NFL, MLB & college football writer for Sportsnaut. Graduated from San Diego State University with BA in Journalism, 2019. Grew up in Sacramento, now based in Indianapolis. Seen on MSN. Previously: eDraft, The Connection, With the First Pick