Mets get good news when Noah Syndergaard's MRI comes back negative

Noah Syndergaard #55 of the Mets looks toward Noah Syndergaard #55 of the Mets looks toward first base during a game against the Atlanta Braves at Champion Stadium on March 3, 2014 in Lake Buena Vista, Florida. Photo Credit: Getty Images / Rob Foldy

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An MRI exam on prized pitching prospect Noah Syndergaard came back negative, Mets general manager Sandy Alderson said Tuesday, giving the club a sliver of encouraging news.

Alderson said doctors recommended shoulder stretching exercises for Syndergaard. The righthander was placed on the minor-league disabled list retroactive to May 22 with a mild flexor-pronator strain, an injury that is sometimes a precursor to larger elbow issues.

Instead, the Mets got a measure of relief.

"You never know," Alderson said. "You get an email and it's either good news or bad news. Obviously, it's good to know he's essentially fine at this point."

Alderson offered no timetable for a return, though Syndergaard was initially expected to miss one start. Syndergaard, 21, is 5-2 with a 4.02 ERA in Triple-A Las Vegas. He could be promoted to the Mets as early as June.

"Everything appears to be OK," Alderson said. "Hopefully, this is a short-term disablement for him over the next few days."

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On the brink

Catcher Travis d'Arnaud (concussion) would "probably" be activated as soon as Wednesday, Alderson said, so long as he gets through his rehab game at Double-A Binghamton with no issues. He went 0-for-1 with a walk Tuesday night before his rehab game was suspended due to rain.

Extra bases

Eric Young Jr. (hamstring) and Dillon Gee (lat strain) will travel to the team's complex in Florida on Wednesday to begin rehabbing from their injuries . . . The ceremonial first pitch by rapper 50 Cent landed well to the left of home plate and near a bank of photographers. The video quickly made the rounds on social media.

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