Mets place Syndergaard (hamstring) on injured list, activate Cano (quad)

<a class="link rapid-noclick-resp" href="/mlb/players/9597/" data-ylk="slk:Noah Syndergaard">Noah Syndergaard</a> exits Saturday's loss to the <a class="link rapid-noclick-resp" href="/mlb/teams/st-louis/" data-ylk="slk:Cardinals">Cardinals</a> with a hamstring injury. (Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports)
Noah Syndergaard exits Saturday's loss to the Cardinals with a hamstring injury. (Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports)

NEW YORK — The New York Mets have placed right-hander Noah Syndergaard on the 10-day injured list with a strained right hamstring, the team announced Sunday.

The Mets also activated second baseman Robinson Cano (left quadriceps) from the IL.

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Syndergaard underwent an MRI, though those results weren’t immediately known.

“It didn’t seem like he would make his next start anyway because it would be hard to get his work in,” Mets manager Mickey Callaway said of Syndergaard.

Callaway said the team is unsure how it will fill Syndergaard’s spot in the rotation. Left-handed prospect Anthony Kay, who was recent promoted to Triple-A Syracuse, likely isn’t an option, Callaway said.

“I think that Anthony probably needs a little more time,” Callaway said. “But I would say that his name might get thrown in the mix.”

The team’s rotation depth is extremely thin. The Mets just released veteran southpaw Hector Santiago, while righty Chris Flexen has been moved from a starting role into a relief role. Ervin Santana, who signed with the team on a minor-league deal, is slated to start for Triple-A Syracuse on Sunday. Wilmer Font has posted a 7.84 ERA in three starts.

Syndergaard, 26, is 5-4 with a 4.55 ERA and has already allowed 11 homers in 15 starts. He suffered the injury during the seventh inning of Saturday’s loss to the St. Louis Cardinals, and was forced to come out of the game as a result.

Cano, 36, has had just two at-bats since May 22 as a result of a reoccurring quad injury. He was dropped in the batting order for the first time this season on Sunday (fifth). Cano had hit .235/.282/.359 in 43 games when batting third.

Cano is signed through 2023 at $24 million annually.

Asked if Cano will remain an everyday player, Callaway responded: “We’ll see moving forward, but we’ll monitor his workload to try and keep him as healthy as possible.”

Cano’s return will cut playing time for Dominic Smith and J.D. Davis, who have both been producing while mostly platooning in left field. Jeff McNeil had been getting the bulk of the playing time at second in Cano’s absence, but will now primarily move back to left.

Also on the injury front, outfielder Brandon Nimmo (neck) will continue to be evaluated by specialists.

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