Mets: Syndergaard on injured list, Canó back, Vargas cramps

NEW YORK (AP) — The New York Mets put pitcher Noah Syndergaard on the 10-day injured list with a strained right hamstring, then saw Jason Vargas leave Sunday’s start against St. Louis because of a cramp in his left calf.

The Mets also activated second baseman Robinson Canó from the IL and put him in the lineup against the Cardinals.

Vargas fouled a ball of his foot in the fourth inning. He was visited by Mets manager Mickey Callaway and an athletic trainer and promptly removed from the game. Pitcher Jacob deGrom pinch-hit for Vargas and walked.

The 36-year-old Vargas was sidelined from May 6-24 with left hamstring tightness, but has been one of New York’s most consistent pitchers since returning from the injured list. Entering the game, Vargas had allowed 11 earned runs over his last 45 innings and had won each of his last two starts.

Vargas allowed three runs— two earned— on just one hit over four innings against the Cardinals.

Syndergaard reached for his right hamstring after throwing a pitch in the seventh inning of New York’s 8-7 victory Saturday night. He walked off the field with a bit of a limp.

Syndergaard (5-4, 4.55 ERA) is scheduled to undergo an MRI. Syndergaard has struggled at times in 2019, allowing four earned runs or more in eight of his 15 starts. The 26-year old entered the season with a 2.93 ERA. Callaway noted that the decision to place Syndergaard was made because “it didn’t seem like he would make his next start anyway.”

Callaway said that the team had options, but declined to indicate who would take Syndergaard’s spot in the rotation.

Canó, out since June 9 after aggravating a left quadriceps injury, was in New York’s lineup, hitting fifth. It’s the first time this season the 36-year old has batted in any spot in the lineup other than third. A key offseason acquisition, Canó has appeared in just one game since May 22 and is hitting just .238 with three home runs and 14 RBIs.

Prior to joining the Mets, Canó never hit less than .271 or failed to produce at least 50 RBIs in any of his 14 prior major league seasons. Callaway said Canó’s workload would be monitored moving forward.

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