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The Mets rotation received a devastating blow with Noah Syndergaard out indefinitely with a lat tear.
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The New York Mets received devastating news for Noah Syndergaard after an MRI revealed a partially torn lat muscle, the Mets announced Monday morning.

The right-hander was placed on the 10-day disabled list with no timeframe for his return.

“I don’t think this period is going to be measured in days,” said Mets GM Sandy Alderson. “I think it’s going to be measure in weeks. Rather than speculate about when he’ll be back, it’s going to be a considerable amount of time.”

Syndergaard, who was scratched from his Thursday start, was removed from Sunday’s 23-5 loss against the Washington Nationals after 1 1/3 innings with an injury. Earlier in the week, he refused to have an MRI.

Placing Syndergaard on the disabled list leaves the Mets in need of a starter for Friday’s game against Miami, and the team is not stocked with options due to its compromised pitching depth. The Mets entered spring training with seven starters, but they only have four healthy ones at the moment.

Steven Matz (elbow) and Seth Lugo (elbow) have been sidelined since spring training, and neither are close to returning. Matz has said he has a flexor tendon strain – which the team has not confirmed –while Lugo is trying to work his way back from a slight tear of the UCL in his right elbow. It would seem that the earliest either may be able to contribute this year would be toward the end of the month.

While the Mets have some talent pitching prospects in the lower levels of the minors, the team’s pitching depth in the upper levels is not stout. Only Rafael Montero is on the team’s 40-man roster and he figures to receive the first shot, but Montero has struggled in the majors throughout his career.

Syndergaard, one of baseball’s hardest throwers who routinely flirts with 100 mph, had pitched to 1.73 ERA and 0.89 WHIP in his first four starts before Sunday.

Contributing: Matt Ehalt, who writes for the Bergen (County) Record, part of the USA TODAY Network

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