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Thursday, June 15, 2017

2017 FANTASY BASEBALL ISSUES: NOTHING BUT BAD NEWS FOR NEW YORK METS

What an ugly day to be a New York Mets fan or a fantasy baseball owner of some of their key players.  The injury news has been downright ridiculous when it comes to the 2017 version of the Mets and Thursday was a firm reminder of this as we got three updates that could be considered nothing but bad news.  Let's get right to it.

-Perhaps most depressing is the news that ace pitcher Noah Syndegaard has been shut down for FOUR more weeks as he continues to show a glacial pace coming back from a partial lat tear.  Syndegaard hinted at trouble here the other day when he said he had not noticed much improvement and so an original six-week diagnosis has turned into up to 10.  That means it is almost certain Syndegaard will not return until September and if the Mets are out of contention as they currently are, he won't return at all.  This makes an ugly situation even worse for Thor's fantasy baseball owners but this was the risk you took going in on a guy who throws freakishly hard to the point it seemed he was destined for injury.

-Meanwhile struggling former ace Matt Harvey was diagnosed with a stress injury to his right capsule in his pitching shoulder and so the Mets placed him on the 10-day DL Thursday.  Harvey complained of a dead arm during his outing the previous night when his fastball dipped all the way down to 87 which he said he hadn't done since high school.  Already struggling badly coming back from serious thoracic outlet surgery and with a Tommy John procedure in his past, Harvey should be cut in all formats now.  He was hanging on due to his name brand anyways and so it looks like a sad ending to Harvey as a starting pitcher.  His only chance to reclaim any sort of value would be if he moved to a closer role in the future where he could stand a good chance of succeeding but that is a story for another day.

-Finally second baseman Neil Walker was placed on the 10-day DL with a partial tear of his left hamstring but still no sign of top shortstop prospect Amed Rosario.  The Mets have called up Gavin Checchini to take Walker's place and Jose Reyes is now manning shortstop for the injured Asdrubal Cabrera.  The Mets are stubbornly sticking to their plan to give Rosario as much time as possible in the minors before calling him up and at this point, it seems August is when the kid will debut which is beyond frustrating for those who continue to hold a spot for him.


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