Noah Syndergaard's shoulder injury has gone from superficial to significant.
The Mets starter is scheduled to get a second opinion on the partial tear in his right lat muscle Thursday in Los Angeles after an initial examination estimated he could miss up to three months, the New York Post reported Wednesday.
After being scratched from his scheduled start against the Braves last Thursday with biceps and shoulder discomfort, Syndergaard was forced to leave Sunday's 23-5 loss to the Nationals in the second inning due to the injury and was later placed on the 10-day disabled list.
Mets general manager Sandy Alderson took responsibility for the injury Monday when he admitted it was his choice to start the ace despite his refusal to have an MRI on his injured shoulder just a couple days earlier. While an exact timetable was unknown at the time, Alderson acknowledged the severity of the injury and expected Syndergaard would miss a "considerable amount of time."
Syndergaard, 24, is 1-2 so far this season with a 3.29 ERA and 32 strikeouts in 27 1/3 innings pitched.