Noah Syndergaard's removal after the sixth inning of Wednesday's game against the Royals appeared to be nothing more than one half of a double switch at the time. But it could result in something more serious for the Mets.
Syndergaard told manager Terry Collins he felt minor discomfort in his right elbow after pitching six innings in the Mets' 4-3 victory over the Royals. Collins removed him from the game, and Syndergaard left with OF Yoenis Cespedes, who felt left wrist discomfort, to see Dr. David Altchek.
C Rene Rivera said he had no idea the pitcher nicknamed "Thor" was feeling discomfort until he was told. Syndergaard also had the elbow looked at after a May 2 start against the Giants.
The media found out about Syndergaard's injury after the postgame news conference, in which Collins mentioned the injury only after a team employee suggested he do so.
Also, Collins said he thought RHP Bartolo Colon would be able to make his next scheduled start Sunday. Colon left Tuesday's start when he was hit on his pitching hand by a line drive.
ANGELS: 1B Albert Pujols missed his second straight game with an injured left hamstring and is day to day.
A'S: LHP Rich Hill, on the disabled list since May 30 with a strained left groin, threw about 50 pitches to live hitters in a bullpen session and is scheduled to throw again Friday before starting in a rehab appearance for Class A Stockton on Monday.
CUBS: C Miguel Montero wasn't seriously hurt on a home plate collision and was expected to travel with the team on its upcoming road trip.
MARINERS: The team signed RH reliever Tom Wilhelmsen and acquired LHP Wade LeBlanc in a trade with the Blue Jays for cash or a player to be named.
RANGERS: LHP Derek Holland went on the 15-day DL with left shoulder inflammation. RHP Colby Lewis will join him because he won't be able to throw for four weeks because of a lat muscle strain.
REDS: RHP Michael Lorenzen, out all season with a sprained right elbow, was activated from the 60-day disabled list. RHP Alfredo Simon went on the 15-day DL with a muscle strain.
ROYALS: All-Star LF Alex Gordon (broken right wrist) played his fourth rehab game at Double-A Northwest Arkansas and could return to the majors next weekend.