Club hopeful both players, who will miss All-Star Game, return after break
By Troy Provost-Heron
NEW YORK -- Noah Syndergaard and Yoenis Cespedes will not participate in the 2016 All-Star Game presented by MasterCard at Petco Park in San Diego on Tuesday, but the Mets do not anticipate that the duo will miss much more time than that.
Mets manager Terry Collins said Saturday that Syndergaard will not undergo an MRI, reiterating that the 23-year-old right-hander and the team doctors believe the arm issue that led to Syndergaard getting pulled in the fifth inning Friday is nothing more than fatigue.
"With the tests they put on him last night and the description he gave to the doctors, they are talking about fatigue more than anything," Collins said. "There was no discomfort, no tightness, no stiffness, no pain, no twinge or anything. His arm just got tired."
Collins added that Syndergaard will make the trip to San Diego, but only so that New York's coaching staff can "keep an eye on him." From there, he will likely throw a bullpen session on Friday when the club opens the second half of the season in Philadelphia.
Cespedes, who was removed in the fourth inning of Friday's game with a right quad strain, was "pretty sore" before Saturday's game against the Nationals, but the Mets are hoping that the outfielder will only be absent from the starting lineup for the final two games leading into the All-Star break.
"We're going to try and nurse this and see what happens in the next three or four days, and hopefully when we come out of the break, he'll be able to play," Collins said.
Syndergaard was selected as an All-Star in his first full season in the Major Leagues, while Cespedes was named to the Midsummer Classic for the second time, his first visit coming in 2014 as a member of the Athletics.
Padres starter Drew Pomeranz and Pirates outfielder Starling Marte were named to the National League All-Star roster on Saturday in place of Syndergaard and Cespedes, respectively.
Troy Provost-Heron is a reporter for MLB.com based in New York. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.