NEW YORK — The decimated New York Mets received two more injury jolts Friday when a pair of All-Stars departed the game against the Washington Nationals.
First, center fielder Yoenis Cespedes was pulled after three innings with what the team called a strained right quadriceps.
Mets’ Harvey chooses season-ending surgery
Mets pitcher Matt Harvey, who was placed on the disabled list with shoulder discomfort, is planning season-ending surgery to address thoracic outlet syndrome, his agent told ESPN.
The Mets did not immediately announce Syndergaard’s injury, but he has been trying to pitch with a bone spur in his pitching elbow. Syndergaard’s final two fastballs registered only 93 and 91 mph.
Cespedes had made a sliding catch in center field on Ben Revere‘s fly ball in the third inning.
With only two games remaining until the All-Star break, it is not clear how the Mets will handle Cespedes’ injury. They could play shorthanded for the remainder of the weekend and see how Cespedes is doing in a week when play resumes. Or they could place him on the disabled list and promote Michael Conforto from Triple-A Las Vegas.
The injuries put in doubt the availability of Cespedes and Syndergaard for Tuesday’s All-Star Game in San Diego.
Earlier in the day, right-hander Matt Harvey committed to undergoing season-ending surgery to address thoracic outlet syndrome in his pitching shoulder.