The New York Mets are without two of their biggest stars, Noah Syndergaard and Yoenis Cespedes with no certain outcome.
Noah Syndergaard, who has been on the disabled list since May 25 with a strained ligament in his right index finger will have his finger re-examined in New York to elicit a second opinion, according to Anthony DiComo of MLB.com.
Sandy Alderson did say that the Mets wanted clarity on his situation and he suffered no further setback. His expected return from the disabled list was put on hold when he had an initial setback in his recovery and was scratched from Sunday night’s Subway Series finale.
Seth Lugo filled in admirably, pitching six scoreless innings in the Mets 2-0 win.
Syndergaard, who also missed time in 2018 with a sore shoulder, is 4-1 with a 3.06 ERA and 76 strikeouts in 64.2 innings over 11 starts.
Yoenis Cespedes, Alderson told DiComo, remains on the sidelines at the Mets facility in Port St. Lucie with a hip-flexor injury after leaving Saturday night’s rehabilitation game with the double-A Binghamton Rumble Ponies with tightness in his right quad.
Cespedes was originally expected to return Tuesday for the start of the Mets ten-game road trip in Atlanta, as Wallace Matthews of the New York Times noted.
Cespedes was hitting .255/.316/.474 with eight home runs and 28 RBI in 137 at bats.
This is the second straight year that injuries have befallen both Syndergaard and Cespedes.
Cespedes appeared in just 81 games, also missing time with various leg injuries and subsequent setbacks. When he was on the field he was the Mets best player with an .890 OPS and 17 HR.
Last year Syndergaard’s season was interrupted after just five starts when he tore a lat muscle in early May and missed almost five months. He did return in late September to make two abbreviated starts.
Syndergaard, who along with Jacob deGrom headlines the Mets rotation, and Cespedes as the lynchpin of their lineup, are crucial to their success. Without Cespedes, the Mets offense has been abysmal scoring less than two runs per game during their recent homestand. After getting off to an 11-1 start the Mets season sits on the edge of a precipice at 28-34.