This article is part of our Fantasy Baseball Injury Report series.
After fighting through a mild case of biceps tendinitis, the Mets ace right-hander has suffered another injury that could force him to the disabled list. Syndergaard left Sunday's start with what is initially being reported as a "possible lat strain."
The latissimus dorsi or "lat" is an expansive muscle that runs along the thoracic region of the spine before ultimately anchoring to a small groove on the upper arm bone known as the humerus. This unique positioning allows the lat to play a role in multiple shoulder movements including reaching backward (extension), moving the arm toward the midline of the body (adduction), internal rotation of the shoulder joint, as well as several others. The lat also aids other muscles during side and backward bending of the lower back. Given the influence the lat plays on shoulder movement, it is clear how detrimental a strain to this muscle can be. Sadly, it can be even more problematic for pitchers as the lat can also impact the movement of the shoulder blade (scapula), further disrupting fluid movement and pitching delivery.
Syndergaard is expected to undergo a MRI on Monday to determine the specifics surrounding his injury. If it is indeed the lat, look for him to miss multiple weeks recovering. On the plus side, the time off should also allow Syndergaard to get ahead of the biceps tendinitis issue as well and hopefully allow him to return without any lingering health concerns.
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