Syndergaard received the second opinion on Tuesday from a doctor in New York. He strained a ligament in the finger on his pitching hand on May 25 against the Milwaukee Brewers.
Mets manager Mickey Callaway told reporters on Wednesday that Syndergaard’s finger is “tender to the touch” and he will have to give the injury time to calm down. Syndergaard was 4-1 with a 3.06 ERA in 11 starts prior to the injury.
The Mets also made a roster move, acquiring right-hander Chris Beck off waivers from the Chicago White Sox and outrighting catcher Jose Lobaton to Triple-A Las Vegas in a corresponding transaction. Beck, 27, pitched in 14 games for Chicago this year, compiling a 4.18 ERA in 23 2/3 innings.
Richards exited his start after two innings and 35 pitches due to left hamstring tightness. He allowed two runs and four hits and struck out two before exiting, with right-hander Noe Ramirez replacing him in the third inning.
Cozart departed after three innings with a left shoulder strain, shortly after he made a diving play to field a single in the bottom of the third. Nolan Fontana pinch-hit for Cozart, who walked in his only plate appearance, in the top of the fourth and replaced him at shortstop for the rest of the game.
Soroka missed the last month due to shoulder inflammation. The Mets didn’t get a hit off Soroka until Michael Conforto reached on an infield single to shortstop to lead off the seventh. Soroka retired one more batter before Atlanta manager Brian Snitker went to the bullpen.
Soroka, considered Atlanta’s top pitching prospect, is now 2-1 with a 2.57 ERA in four major league starts.
–The Chicago White Sox placed right-handed reliever Nate Jones on the 10-day disabled list due to a pronator muscle strain in his throwing arm.
The team recalled right-hander Juan Minaya from Triple-A Charlotte in a corresponding move.
Jones will be re-evaluated after six days without throwing, according to manager Rick Renteria, who told reporters he doesn’t expect the DL stay to be lengthy. The 32-year-old has a 4.01 ERA in 27 games this season, with 27 strikeouts in 24 2/3 innings.
–Boston Red Sox right-hander Carson Smith underwent season-ending surgery on his right shoulder, the team announced.
Smith suffered a subluxation in the shoulder when he threw his glove in the dugout following an outing against the Oakland Athletics on May 14. He was placed on the 10-day disabled list the next day and has been sidelined since.
Smith will miss the remainder of the year after appearing in just 11 games between his first two seasons in Boston due to Tommy John surgery in May 2016 and the subsequent recovery. The 28-year-old posted a 3.77 ERA with 18 strikeouts in 14 1/3 innings across 18 appearances this season.
–Field Level Media