Los Angeles Dodgers hurler Noah Syndergaard tried to pitch through a finger issue on Tuesday night against the Milwaukee Brewers.
As it turns out, it wasn’t a very good idea.
He was removed from Tuesday’s start against the Brewers with a cut on his right index finger.
The cut had a nasty look, and it started to bleed at one point.
He just couldn’t continue pitching like that, and he was replaced by Phil Bickford.
Reporters covering the Dodgers have updated Syndergaard’s situation.
“#Dodgers Dave Roberts said Syndergaard used Dermabond and kept his index finger covered during today’s throwing session. Decision on IL or no IL won’t be made before Friday,” Dodgers insider Bill Plunkett tweeted.
#Dodgers Dave Roberts said Syndergaard used Dermabond and kept his index finger covered during today's throwing session. Decision on IL or no IL won't be made before Friday.
— Bill Plunkett (@billplunkettocr) May 10, 2023
The Dodgers want to give Syndergaard a couple of days before deciding on his fate.
There is a significant chance he lands on the 15-day injured list, in which case prospect Gavin Stone is the favorite to fill in for the former member of the New York Mets, the Los Angeles Angels, and the Philadelphia Phillies.
Syndergaard is 1-3 with a 6.12 ERA so far in the 2023 campaign.
He hasn’t been able to recover his pre-surgery fastball velocity, and is averaging just 92.6 mph on his four-seamer.
As a result, his strikeout rate has plummeted: he has fanned just 21 hitters in 32.1 frames, well below the league-average rate.
Still, the Dodgers will give him more opportunities to regain some of his previous form once he is 100 percent healthy.
We will know in a couple of days if he will be able to make his next start or if he will be shut down for a few more days.NEXT: Mookie Betts Gives His Honest Opinion On Dodgers, Padres Rivalry