UPDATE: An MRI revealed no structural damage in Syndergaard's elbow, according to Adam Rubin of ESPN.com. The right-hander is expected to avoid the disabled list.
ORIGINAL: The bad news keeps rolling in for the New York Mets as their young starter was pulled from today's game with elbow soreness following the sixth inning. Noah Syndergaard is seeing a doctor immediately following the win against the Kansas City Royals.
Uh oh. Noah Syndergaard's elbow flared up during the game. He's seeing a doctor now. That's why he left the game after six. #Mets— Anthony DiComo (@AnthonyDiComo) June 22, 2016
Syndergaard had his previous start already pushed back due to pitch count from his previous complete game effort. Though the complete game was thwarted by the Pittsburgh Pirates in the ninth inning with one out, Syndergaard still pitched 115 pitches. Though dominant, it might have been best just to turn the 11-run lead over to the bullpen.
With Syndergaard on six days rest during Wednesday's match against the Royals then, the 23-year old right-hander had an extra day to manage fatigue. Unfortunately however, the fatigue seemed to come back quickly and, in the sixth inning, Syndergaard threw two wild pitches. Jerry Blevins would replace the Mets' starter in the following inning.
Through his 85 innings of work this season, Syndergaard has managed to allow just 18 earned runs 70 hits and 12 walks while striking out 106. His fastball and slider mix have been nearly untouchable, as he boasts the second-best whiff rate in the entire major leagues only trailing the otherworldly Clayton Kershaw.