Noah Syndergaard and the case of the curious bloody finger is over… for now. The right-hander says he’ll make his next scheduled start on Monday after coming out of a side session fine. Dodgers manager Dave Roberts shared an update on where Syndergaard is at and how they’re trying to manage his injured index finger.
He’s been throwing since being forced from a start in Milwaukee last week, working with a sort of liquid bandage agent called Dermabond. His finger has also been covered over his last few throwing sessions in an effort to mitigate the irritation. After his bullpen session on Saturday, all systems are a go for Thor against the Twins.
While it’s good news on the surface, it does come with a fair amount of concern. Syndergaard hasn’t exactly been good by any stretch of the imagination this season. He was actually pulled from the rotation for one turn to work on some fixes with his mechanics. The veteran also shared that he’s been putting an emphasis on his mental health, spending time with the organization’s mental skills coach.
Syndergaard has a 6.12 ERA in 7 starts so far this season and has struggled to keep opposing hitters honest, as his 11.4 hits per 9 will tell you. Dave Roberts has said the team will give the pitcher a lot of leash to figure things out.
Syndergaard signed a one year, $13 million deal with LA in the offseason.
The Dodgers’ social media team went all out to celebrate Mother’s Day today. A video featuring Mookie’s mom Diana, Freddie’s mom Rosemary, Outman’s mom Maureen and more hit social media along with a Dodgers lineup with all their mom’s names in place of the player.
If your mother is still with us, we hope you had a chance to spend some quality time today over a Dodgers game.