Mets ace Noah Syndergaard undergoing Tommy John amid pandemic

Eric Oliver -   Print  |

New York Mets ace Noah Syndergaard is scheduled to have his Tommy John surgery performed at HSS Florida in West Palm Beach March 26. However, the state postponed all elective procedures March 20 — so how is Mr. Syndergaard going under the knife?

The New York Post examined the scenario around Mr. Syndergaard's procedure.

1. Mr. Syndergaard was examined by HSS Florida's David Altchek, MD, and received a second opinion from Los Angeles-based Cedars-Sinai Kerlan-Jobe Institute's Neal ElAttrache, MD. Mr. Syndergaard was diagnosed with a torn ulnar collateral ligament with acute compression of the ulnar nerve. Dr. Altchek is set to perform the procedure.

2. The procedure fits guidelines to be performed because it would preserve personal protective equipment and, if left unaddressed, Mr. Syndergaard could suffer permanent damage from the injury.

3. The Mets have received criticism for their decision to have Mr. Syndergaard undergo the procedure, but have yet to cancel it.

4. If the procedure is completed, Mr. Syndergaard would need 14-15 months of rehabilitation before returning to the mound.

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