David Altchek will operate on the right hander on

Mets star pitcher Noah Syndergaard needs Tommy John surgery

NEW YORK Mets right hander Noah Syndergaard became the latest big name pitcher to need Tommy John surgery, joining the Yankees’ Luis Severino and Boston’s Chris Sale.

New York said Tuesday that Syndergaard needs reconstruction of his ulnar collateral ligament and will miss the season that’s been put on hold because of the coronavirus outbreak. Mets medical director Dr. David Altchek will operate on the right hander on Thursday.

“After experiencing discomfort in his elbow before spring training was suspended due to the pandemic, Noah and our health and performance department have been in constant contact,” Mets general manager Brodie Van Wagenen said in a statement. “Based on the persistence of his symptoms, Noah underwent a physical examination and MRI that revealed the ligament tear.”

Syndergaard, the hardest throwing starting pitcher in the major leagues last season, received a second opinion from Los Angeles Dodgers head team physician Dr. Neal ElAttrache.

## ## “While this is unfortunate, we have no doubt that Noah will be able to return to full strength and continue to be an integral part of our championship pursuits in the future,” said Van Wagenen, Syndergaard’s former agent.

Altchek operated Feb. 25 on the right handed Severino. The Red Sox said last Thursday that Sale, their hard throwing left handed ace, will have Tommy John surgery.

Since Major League Baseball announced on March 12 that opening day will be delayed because of the virus, San Francisco right hander Tyler Beede and San Diego right handed reliever Andrs Muoz also were told they needed the reconstruction procedure.

Openers have been pushed back until mid May at the earliest. Tommy John surgery usually requires a recuperation period of 12 18 months.

Nicknamed Thor, Syndergaard was projected as the No. 2 starter in a strong rotation behind two time NL Cy Young Award winner Jacob deGrom. New York has for now sufficient starters to make up for Syndergaard’s absence, with Marcus Stroman, Michael Wacha, Rick Porcello and Steven Matz.

Syndergaard turns 28 in August and currently is eligible to become a free agent after the 2021 season. He agreed in January to a $9.7 million, one year contract. Dickey to Toronto. An All Star in 2016 when he went 14 9 with a 2.60 ERA, Syndergaard has an ERA that has climbed to 2.97 in 2017, 3.05 in 2018 and 4.28 last year, when he was 10 8 in 32 starts.

He averaged 98.1 mph for his four seam fastball last season, tops among qualified pitchers and just ahead of Gerrit Cole (97.4) and deGrom (97.2).

Syndergaard made three spring training starts, the last on March 8. He pitched a total of eight innings and allowed four runs three earned and five hits with 11 strikeouts and no walks.

This is his fourth straight injury hampered season. He didn’t pitch between April 30 and Sept. 23 in 2017 because of a partially torn right latissimus dorsi muscle; was sidelined between May 25 and July 13 in 2018 because of a strained ligament in his right index finger; and was out between June 15 30 last year with a strained right hamstring. He also missed a start in 2018 because of hand, foot and mouth disease. casinos last on top doctor’s list for re openingTwo days a week classes for Kelowna’s K 6 studentsHold on to your kindness just a little longer, KelownaMeals for BC truckers, by truckKelowna’s newest supermarket set to open amid pandemicGreat trails of the Okanagan: Scenic desert ride may include rattlesnakesWeeding out the cannabis industryBoat free weekend sought for Okanagan Lake as virus fighting measure

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Toggle navigation MENTOR The National Mentoring PartnershipLeaders Making a Positive DifferenceFrom their unique position as community leaders, mayors can make a powerful impact in their cities. Mayor Brown established the Her Young Ladies Empowerment Initiative in 2016 to increase mentoring opportunities for girls and young women in Compton. Mayor Brown describes the ultimate goal of the program as “[to] empower young ladies to lead their life with purpose, passion and vision.” In partnership with the My Brother’s Keeper Alliance, she also launched the Young Men of Compton Seed Program, which pairs male middle school students with mentors. The program has thrived with 25 boys and young men graduating from the program and still maintaining their relationships with their mentors years later.

More Information on Mayor BrownDenver, , Mayor Michael HancockGrowing up with a positive caring adult in his own life, Mayor Michael Hancock values the impact mentors have in young people’s lives. In 2017, Mayor Hancock partnered with MENTOR in an effort to help raise awareness of mentoring opportunities in the state. Responding to My Brother’s Keeper Alliance’s (MBKA) Call to Action, Mayor Hancock has strengthened Denver’s efforts to expand mentoring opportunities to young people. As a result, hundreds of adults have risen to the challenge to ensure all boys and young men of color have the supports they need. Denver’s efforts have also provided young people with summer employment and with professional networking opportunities. The Office of Independent Monitor has also joined efforts to improve relationships between young people and the Denver Police Department. Mayor Hancock’s leadership has provided Denver with a critical vision through purposeful support for young men and boys of color. Mayor Hancock said about Denver’s efforts to provide opportunity for young people, “This has been a call to action to those of us committed to the work of changing the narrative for young men and boys of color in our community. The work we’ve been able to get done so far is remarkable.”

More Information on Mayor HancockOrlando, , Mayor Buddy DyerListed as Orlando’s most powerful person in 2013 by Orlando Magazine, Mayor Buddy Dyer continues to provide support to COMPACT, a 25 year old mentoring organization that has served more than 12,000 at risk students in Orlando/Orange County, challenging them to succeed and reach their maximum potential. Mayor Dyer most recently funded the COMPACT Expansion Program that places AmeriCorps VISTA members in schools to increase capacity, recruit additional volunteers and provide necessary “on the ground” support in an effort to improve student academic performance and decrease absenteeism. Mayor Dyer was quoted as saying in his 2013 State of the City address, “Our economic vitality and quality of life depends on putting more kids on a path to high school graduation, college and a quality job.”

More Information on COMPACTSt. Petersburg, , Mayor Rick KrisemanSt. Petersburg’s Mayor Rick Kriseman believes that educating our children is the responsibility of the entire community. To that end, the city joins with the Pinellas Education Foundation in a unique partnership called St. Pete’s Promise to focus the attention of our community on the needs of our children. In addition, the City of St. Petersburg has adopted an administrative policy providing a paid hour each week for all City of St. Petersburg employees to mentor students in need in our public schools. More than 200 city employees take advantage of that opportunity, and more than 1/3 of our city employees contribute from their paychecks to sponsor Pinellas Education Foundation Take Stock in Children Scholarships for deserving St. Petersburg children.

More Information on Rick KrisemanPleasant Hill, Iowa, Mayor Sara KurovskiAfter becoming the first female mayor of Pleasant Hill, the phone calls and emails began. Not from citizen complaints but from young women asking for Mayor Kurovski to mentor them. Mayor Kurovski informally mentors young women throughout the community and builds relationships through meetings based around their needs and interests. Mayor Kurovski was selected to be the Mayor Chair of the Million Women Mentors Iowa effort. In this capacity, she engages with other elected officials to encourage and teach them about the importance of mentoring in their city and the role that they can play.

More Information on Mayor Kurovski’s Involvement with Million Women Mentors IowaLouisville, , Mayor Greg Fischer Mayor Greg Fischer strives to promote compassion in Louisville through a variety of programs, ranging from the Give A Day community wide service initiative to a concerted, long term effort to reduce violence. Mentoring is a part of Mayor Fischer’s dedication to fostering compassion and the skills for lifelong learning and success throughout Louisville. Mayor Fischer has created the Metro Mentors program, which allows thousands of Louisville Metro Government employees the opportunity to give two hours of paid time per week to a variety of mentoring programs. These programs include Big Brothers Big Sisters, Metro Parks Recreation and the public school system’s reading and tutoring program. The Metro Mentors program allows city employees an opportunity to help Louisville youth become the successful, dedicated leaders of tomorrow.

More Information on Mayor Fischer’s Metro Mentors ProgramBoston, , Mayor Martin J. WalshMayor Martin J. Walsh has made youth mentoring an integral part of his platform in Boston, developing the “Mayors Mentoring Movement” with MENTOR Affiliate Mass Mentoring Partnership as a key partner. He has publicly talked about his commitment to mentoring at various My Brother’s Keeper Alliance events locally and nationally, holding a press conference to officially launch the integration of the initiative in Boston. Mayor Walsh can be quoted as saying, “We can make a difference and take extra steps to ensure that every young person has a caring adult in their lives. Boston youth are full of potential, and deserve successful outcomes. I have experienced first hand the power a mentor can have, and I want to make sure each of our Boston youth can take advantage of this opportunity.”

More Information on Mayor’s Mentoring MovementHolyoke, , Mayor Alex MorseMayor Alex Morse is one of Mass Mentoring Partnership’s Mayors for Mentoring, a campaign that engages mayors throughout in raising awareness of the need for more mentors; recognizing local mentoring programs and their participants; and encouraging ways for individuals and communities to get involved in mentoring. At the Holyoke Health Center, Morse proclaimed January as National Mentoring Month and talked about how mentoring has affected his life, as well as its importance to the city. “Mentoring programs are a proven and powerful community strategy that impacts the wide variety of critical social issues facing the young people of the City of Holyoke,” he said. “Whether they are faced with academic challenges, the risk of teen pregnancy, or violence and bullying, students who are invested in a high quality mentoring relationship are not only likely to experience an increase both in self esteem and a hope for the future, but they are provided with the skills they need to rise above the pressures of adolescence that so many of our young people face on a regular basis.”

More Information on Mayor MorseSouth Sioux City, , Mayor Rod KochMayor Rod Koch has mentored through the TeamMates Mentoring Program over the past five years and has been a vocal advocate for the program since becoming mayor of South Sioux City, in 2014. He loves the opportunity TeamMates has given him to walk the hallways of local schools with his mentee, who graduated from high school in the spring of 2015. Of his experience, Rod says, “I was able to watch the transformation of a shy young man with lots of questions as he turned into a confident student with aspirations of going to college.” When speaking publicly, Mayor Koch frequently ties the impact mentoring programs like TeamMates have had on South Sioux City’s school district and encourages others to give their time to make a difference in the life of a young person. “I believe that our match was a success and a win for the community because of the things we were able to teach each other about our cultures and our families. The guidance and attention of an adult to our young people is vital to the success of the student and to the future of the community.”

More Information on Mayor KochOmaha, , Mayor Jean StothertMayor Jean Stothert has been a supporter of mentoring as the mayor of Omaha, Midlands Mentoring Partnership’s home location, since elected in 2013. Mayor Stothert continuously encourages her city employees to become mentors and participates yearly in MMP’s January press conference to celebrate National Mentoring Month. In her role as mayor, she continues to demonstrate her support for mentoring in all of the activities that she participates in city wide. Mayor Stothert has said “We have such a giving community in Omaha like no other. We have a very caring, compassionate community. The community sees the economic benefits of mentoring and they see the benefits for our community. Most importantly, mentoring makes the mentor feel good. People that mentor, when they come back to work, feel revitalized, they feel happy about it, and they know they’ve made a big difference in someone’s life”.

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