MLB Weekly Digest March 30th Edition: Mets’ Noah Syndergaard Undergoes Tommy John Surgery


The prior week in MLB was about a starting pitcher undergoing elbow surgery, the league and players’ association reached a relevant agreement, and a player displays generosity.

New York Mets Starting Pitcher Noah Syndergaard Undergoes Tommy John Surgery

The New York Mets will be without a critical member of their starting rotation if baseball is played this season as starting pitcher Noah Syndergaard had Tommy John surgery a couple of days ago, per Jeff Passan of ESPN.

The normal recovery timeframe from having Tommy John surgery takes about 12-18 months, which would sideline Syndergaard until about mid-way into the 2021 campaign.

The injury to Syndergaard is monumental to the Mets as they were relying on him to form a terrific combination at the top of their rotation with staff ace Jacob deGrom.

Syndergaard began feeling pain in his elbow before spring training was suspended.

He went to see a doctor for a second opinion, and the diagnosis of a torn elbow ligament was confirmed, per Joel Sherman of the New York Post.

The loss of the talented right-hander hurts the Mets and Syndergaard as well.

The Mets were hoping to contend for a playoff spot, and losing a vital member of the pitching staff puts them at a significant disadvantage.

Syndergaard having the procedure, is a significant blow to him financially as he will be a free agent at the end of the 2021 season.

If he doesn’t pitch much next year, it’s unknown if teams will offer him a long-term deal when he enters free agency.

MLB And MLBPA Reach Agreement Covering Several Issues Surrounding 2020 Season

Major League Baseball and the MLB Players’ Association have reached a deal regarding many issues about the 2020 season, per Jeff Passan of ESPN.

The agreement will have players be paid on a pro-rated basis, with $170 million in up-front money if there is no season and players will not be allowed to sue for full salaries, per Bob Nightengale of USA TODAY.

The deal allows MLB to shorten the MLB draft to five rounds, including delaying the start of the international signing period to as late as January 2021, notes Passan.

The major part of the deal is players will get credited for a full season if baseball isn’t played this year, says Jon Heyman of MLB Network.

This aspect is good news for players such as Los Angeles Dodgers outfielder Mookie Betts and Philadelphia Phillies catcher J.T. Realmuto and other players who have enough service time to become free agents next year.

The players and the league agreed the 2020 season wouldn’t begin unless there are no bans on mass gatherings due to coronavirus and other elements, per Passan.

The unknown moving forward is how long the coronavirus pandemic will last and if baseball will be played this year.

The safety of players and fans is the most important thing.

St. Louis Cardinals Starting Pitcher Adam Wainwright Makes Generous Donation

St. Louis Cardinals starting pitcher Adam Wainwright and his wife, Jenny, have done a very generous thing to help minor league players within the Cardinals’ farm system during this difficult time.

They’ve donated $250,000 to aid those players in the minors, per the More Than Baseball organization announced several days ago.

The donation from the Wainwright’s followed an announcement by MLB, which detailed their plan to help minor league players from all 30 clubs.

MLB said, “Each player who is under a Minor League Uniform Player Contract will receive a lump sum equal to the allowances that would have been paid through April 8th.”

The donation by Wainwright and his wife was a tremendous gesture and highlights he’s an individual with high character.

It was also terrific MLB stepped up in an extreme way to help players in the minors.

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