Mets' Noah Syndergaard shut down for six weeks with elbow inflammation

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Syndergaard shut down for 6 weeks with elbow inflammation originally appeared on NBC Sports Washington

Noah Syndergaard's long road back from Tommy John Surgery just got a little longer. 

Following a second rehab outing for the St. Lucie Mets Wednesday, the Mets shut down the talented right-handed pitcher for another six weeks due to elbow inflammation. He lasted just one inning 

"It's big. We were just counting on him being here a month from now," Mets manager Luis Rojas told reporters Thursday. "This happening is tough. We pray that he can pitch for us this year."

Rojas also included that there was no structural damage to his surgically repaired UCL, but the Mets shouldn't expect to get him back until after the All-Star break at the earliest now. 

Syndergaard, who's known as one of the game's harder throwers, was throwing just mid-80s on his fastball before getting pulled from his most recent outing. 

The Mets are currently in first place in a tightly contested NL East division race but are just 3.5 games in front of the last-place Nationals. Jacob deGrom and Marcus Stroman have pitched very well to start the year and with Syndergaard, they figured to boast the best rotation in the division by far. 

They're simply going to have to wait even longer to get that trio together, which should give their division rivals a good chance to keep up with New York in the standings.