Mets' Syndergaard Undergoes Tommy John Surgery

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Noah Syndergaard’s Tommy John surgery Thursday went as expected, the Mets said Friday, according to multiple reports.

Mets Medical Director Dr. David Altchek performed the procedure at the Hospital for Special Surgery’s West Palm Beach, Florida, facility. 

The Mets announced this week that Syndergaard had torn the ulnar collateral ligament in his right, pitching elbow. He began complaining about discomfort in the elbow before spring training was suspended due to the coronavirus outbreak.

Syndergaard is expected to miss 12 to 14 months while he recovers and rehabs, meaning it could be the middle of the 2021 season before he is back on the mound.

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Former Mets pitching coach Rick Peterson told WFAN’s “Moose and Maggie” show this week about the grueling road back the one-time All-Star will face. He added that the ideal time to have Tommy John surgery is in the middle of a season.

“The timing is less than optimal, to get surgery at this time of the year,” said Peterson. “Fifteen months turns into somewhere around June, July of next year. And after you’ve rehabbed that whole year, you’re really ready for (an offseason). You’re not ready to start pitching again.”

This will be the second time in four years that Syndergaard, 27, will have missed all or the vast majority of the season. In 2017, a torn lat muscle limited him to seven starts.

Last season, the hard-throwing right-hander went 10-8 with a 4.28 ERA and 202 strikeouts.

Syndergaard is eligible for arbitration for one more season before becoming an unrestricted free agent after 2021.