Friday was not a good day for the New York Mets. First they lost Matt Harvey to a season-ending surgery, then they saw both Yoenis Cespedes and Noah Syndergaard leave their game against the Nats with injuries.
Cespedes left in the top of the fourth inning with a right quad strain, as announced by the team. It's unclear how he sustained the injury, though he did make a sliding grab in center field the inning before on a Jayson Werth flyball.
Syndergaard departed in the top of the fifth with what the Mets described as arm fatigue after his fastball velocity dropped to the low-90s. He is usually good to hit 98-100 with regularity, but all of a sudden was topping out much lower than that. After it became obvious he was not his usual self, a Mets trainer rushed out to the mound with manager Terry Collins and some of Syndergaard's teammates. They then pulled him for Seth Lugo.
Syndergaard has been dealing with a bone spur in his elbow for several weeks now. He had an MRI recently that helped determine he could continue pitching.
The Mets have already seen David Wright and Lucas Duda lost to serious back injuries this season. And Harvey is out for the year while he recovers from a procedure to fix his Thoracic Outlet Syndrom. Now they have even more issues involving key players to worry about.