Syndergaard exits in second inning with apparent injury

He worked a scoreless inning Sunday for Double-A Bowie, two days after recording two outs and allowing a run on a hit and two walks.

WASHINGTON (AP) - Nationals third baseman Anthony Rendon said he'd never had a day like this one.

"I'm pretty in tune with my body", Syndergaard told MLB.com, adding that he refused to undergo an MRI.

That's cool and all, but I'd rather focus on the unbelievable fan sitting three rows back from home plate.

Washington finished with a season-high 23 hits and scored the most runs in the history of the Expos/Nationals franchise.

Michael Conforto hit two home runs and slumping Jose Reyes also connected, leading the Mets over the Washington Nationals 5-3 Saturday.

Familia, who led the majors with a team-record 51 saves a year ago, began this season serving a 15-game suspension for violating Major League Baseball's domestic violence policy. His fastball velocity is down almost two miles per hour from 2015 - his last full season - and he's allowing home runs at an alarming rate (1.8 HR/9).

It is worth noting that one of Rendon's long balls came off Mets' backup catcher Kevin Plawecki, who Collins had called on to mop up, rather than taxing his bullpen. The Nationals' 23 runs in one game is nearly six times the number of runs the Boston Red Sox have scored with Sale on the bump (four).

ANGELS 5, RANGERS 2 JC Ramirez got his first victory as a starter on his fourth try after 111 career relief appearances, and Jefry Marte hit a home run and hit a tiebreaking, two-run single to help visiting Los Angeles beat Texas.

On Monday, an MRI revealed that Syndergaard has a torn lat muscle in his right arm. "Now we keep him going and it makes our lineup even deeper". He grimaced after throwing a second-inning strike to Bryce Harper and reached for his right armpit before leaving the field with a trainer and manager Terry Collins.

Right-hander Tanner Roark will start on the mound for the first-place Nationals while fellow righty Taijuan Walker of Arizona will try to slow down a Washington offense that scored at least 10 runs in six games in April.

Syndergaard was scheduled to start on Thursday but was scratched due to a biceps issue. As for refusing the MRI a few days ago, maybe Yankees analyst David Cone said it best about Syndergaard on the YES Network: "He's not a very good doctor".

First, Ryan Zimmerman scored Werth with a sacrifice fly for his 29th RBI, which set a Nationals record for a calendar month.

In the case of Syndergaard, his absence leaves the Mets without their best pitcher and their best hitter since Yoenis Cespedes hit the DL with a hamstring strain the day after Syndergaard skipped his start. The standout slugger hasn't played since April 21 because of a groin injury.

Nationals: General manager Mike Rizzo said a date hadn't been set yet for Eaton's surgery.

Mets: RHP Robert Gsellman (0-2, 6.23 ERA) starts the opener of a three-game series Monday at Atlanta. "Sandy Alderson coined it past year as 'bad optics" and things are looking terrible in Queens on this one.

  • Julie Sanders