Despite how different this is, the Mets do not expect Syndergaard to miss a lot of time. This came up during his last start against the New York Yankees on Friday night. He felt tired, which caused his velocity to go down, and then noticed bumps forming on his hand. He is scheduled to miss his next start on Wednesday, but is expected to be good to go the next time through the five-man starting rotation. The plan was to call up right-hander Corey Oswalt to face the San Diego Padres, but following the postponement of Sunday night's game, they have listed their starters as TBA on Tuesday and Wednesday.
The thought is that Syndergaard caught this illness from hosting a baseball camp for kids in New Jersey last Thursday. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, this disease can spread when people who have it cough or sneeze. Symptoms include fever, mouth sores, and skin rash.
This situation comes just two days after outfielder Yoenis Cespedes brought on some tough news right after his return from the disabled list on Friday night. The outfielder is expected to undergo surgery on both heels, which will lead to an 8-10 month recovery period. Cespedes went deep in his first game back from a knee injury in a 7-5 win over the New York Yankees.
After a hot start to their season, the Mets currently sit in last place in the NL East with a record of 40-56. They will return home to host the San Diego Padres, before visiting the red-hot Pittsburgh Pirates next weekend.