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Noah Syndergaard skipped an MRI for an injury even the Mets were worried about

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Monday’s Say Hey, Baseball looks at Noah Syndergaard’s terrible decision, Anthony Rendon’s huge Sunday, and Michael Brantley’s successful return.

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Leave it to the Mets to win a series against the division- and NL-leading Nationals but make it feel like they lost. New York took the first two games of the three-game set from Washington, but then dropped the finale on Sunday, 23-5. Not only were they blown out, but they lost ace Noah Syndergaard to injury in the second inning. That moment, with proper precautions, might have been avoided.

Syndergaard was scratched from his start on Thursday with biceps tendinitis, as he couldn't lift his arm above his shoulders. He refused to get an MRI to take a closer look at the injury, and the Mets didn't push him into changing his mind and doing the smart thing even though they were the ones who requested he get his arm looked at. So, that's how we ended up with Syndergaard starting on Sunday, leaving the game early due to an arm injury, and the Mets feeling like they lost a series they had won before the day even began.

As Emma Span joked about and Ken Rosenthal noted, the Mets tend to downplay injuries. If even they were concerned, we should be surprised Syndergaard even still had his arm attached to his body on Sunday. On Monday, Thor will get the MRI he should have already received, but as John Smoltz pointed out within that Rosenthal piece, it's not like the MRI is going to help Syndergaard (or other young pitchers) differentiate between injury and soreness.

[Update: 11:19 a.m.] The Mets announced the results of Syndergaard’s MRI, and he has a partial tear of his right lat muscle and will be placed on the 10-day disabled list.