Noah Syndergaard is going on the disabled list with a contagious and common children’s virus that led to sores in his mouth and rashes on his hands and feet.
“He contracted — let me get this right — hand, foot and mouth disease,” assistant general manager John Ricco said. “You never know where he picked this up, but he worked at a youth camp over the All-Star break. It’s not a long-term thing. We’re hopeful he just misses the one start.”
Mickey Callaway said of his initial reaction: “Hand, foot and mouth? Are you serious?”
The Mets sent Syndergaard home upon learning of his affliction and encouraged other Mets, particularly those who had direct contact with Syndergaard, to wash their hands frequently. Nobody else on the team had showed symptoms of hand, foot and mouth disease as of Sunday afternoon, Callaway said.
Callaway believed the virus caused Syndergaard’s dramatic velocity drop Friday, when his fastball was sitting around 94 mph late in his outing against the Yankees. That was a day after his youth clinic in New Jersey.
“During the game, he couldn’t quite figure it out. He knew he was having trouble breathing,” Callaway said. “I put my hands on his legs to talk to him when he came out and said, ‘Hey man, is everything OK?’ So he was just weak, run down and I think the virus just took its toll.
“When I took him out and I had my hands on his legs, he said, ‘Look at my hands.’ We started to see the splotches come up. That’s when we were alerted to everything and he went and got checked out.”
The Mets planned to start righthander Corey Oswalt in Syndergaard’s place Wednesday against the Padres, but following Sunday’s rainout have the option of skipping him.
Todd Frazier (strained ribcage muscle) hit off a tee Sunday. “I would assume that he’s going to start more intense baseball activities in the next couple of days if all goes well,” Callaway said.
Jay Bruce (strained right hip) has not started swinging yet, but said he is feeling better and hopes to in a couple of days.
Ricco said the Mets traded Jeurys Familia to Oakland on Saturday — 10 days before the trade deadline — because they were offered what they sought.
“The way we handled it was we had a certain level of return we were looking for, and when one team hit that level and we were comfortable with the return, we made the deal,” Ricco said.
J.P. Ricciardi, a special assistant to the GM for the Mets and a former Athletics employee, was a point man on the negations.
“He was the one who kind of took that trade and ran with it and helped put it together,” Ricco said.
The Mets called up righthander Paul Sewald from Triple-A Las Vegas to take Familia’s roster spot. Familia pitched two scoreless innings Sunday in his A’s debut, and picked up the win.
The Mets promoted 19-year-old shortstop Andres Gimenez, their top prospect, to Double-A Binghamton on Sunday. In 86 games for High-A St. Lucie, Gimenez had a .282/.348/.432 slash line, plus six homers, 30 RBIs and a league-high 28 stolen bases (in 39 tries).