Cespedes, Syndergaard leave Mets' game vs Nats with injuries

The 23-year old flamethrowing Mets ace has kept an intense fitness regimen to keep his body in shape, with a focus on his elbow. The diagnosis has jeopardized the careers of other major league pitchers, and Harvey has complained about having common symptoms this week, including numbness in the fingers and shoulder discomfort.

"Bummed out that Harvey's going to have to go through this season-ending surgery". They own the top wildcard playoff position as next week's mid-season break for the Major League Baseball All-Star Game looms. He visited with a doctor, and the tests on his elbow came back negative.

Seth Lugo took over pitching duties.

MARLINS 3, REDS 1 Jose Fernandez allowed an unearned run in seven innings to help Miami to a victory over visiting Cincinnati to begin the final series before the All-Star break.

PIRATES 8, CUBS 4 Andrew McCutchen had three hits, including an RBI single during a decisive four-run seventh inning, as host Pittsburgh rallied for a rare victory over Chicago and Jake Arrieta.

The Mets went out of their way to downplay Syndergaard's exit Friday, ruling out an elbow issue.

Scherzer, the former Parkway Central and Mizzou star, will substitute for Washington Nationals teammate Stephen Strasburg, who came off the disabled list Sunday and won't pitch in the All-Star Game as a precaution.

While Strasburg looks to be in line to start the Nationals' first game of the second half, Syndergaard's post-All-Star Game availability decidedly murkier.

Syndergaard left with two outs in the fifth inning and was later diagnosed with "arm fatigue", according to the team. Pitcher Noah Syndergaard then departed in the fifth after a pair of fastballs registered 93 and 91 miles per hour. "He didn't make any excuses", Collins said. "He's got a exhausted arm and his stuff went away". "The world needs to see him", Collins rationalized.

"It's hard to walk into this room, because the conversation is about who got hurt tonight", Mets manager Terry Collins said.

Whether it be bone spurs or white shoes, there is never a boring moment with Terry Collins' ball club.

New York Mets catcher Travis d'Arnaud, center, talks with starting pitcher Noah Syndergaard (34) ... He had given up three runs on four hits with five strikeouts and three walks.

CLEVELAND - Mike Napoli hit one of five Cleveland home runs, a 462-foot drive that almost hit the scoreboard in left field. "I thought maybe it was a slider that he didn't finish or something right". We have enough time afterward to certainly give him the proper rest if he does pitch. "You have to look down the road and look big picture - 2017, hopefully, he'll be ready to go". "It's just that time of the year". Harvey (4-10) starts Monday, July 4, 2016, for...

Everyday it's something else with the New York Mets. "We know how the Nats, they shut (Stephen) Strasburg down and everybody tries to take care of their young guys". We watch the pitch counts, we watch the innings, we watch a lot of things.

"We feel for (Harvey), he's a big part of our team", Verrett told reporters Friday.

"Just shows how good they swing on the days I pitch, I guess", Strasburg said with a laugh. We're just going to have to keep going.

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