MLB News: Grim news for Judge, Mets star Syndergaard sued, and more

William Parlee
New York Yankees, Aaron Judge
Oct 9, 2018; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees right fielder Aaron Judge (99) before game four of the 2018 ALDS playoff baseball series against the Boston Red Sox at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

Aaron Judge news not encouraging

The New York Yankees hitting coach Marcus Thames reported on the status of Aaron Judge’s recovery, and, while the news isn’t bad, it’s not good either.  It’s days from June 1st, and the slugger has not recovered fast enough to even swing a bat.  It’s been reported that the most he is doing on the field is picking up balls for the guys at the batting cage.

New York Yankees medical staff believe that Judge fractured his first rib when he dove for a ball in the outfield at Yankee Stadium.  That also resulted in a partially collapsed lung which had completely healed.  After a long period of tests and MRIs early in spring training, it was finally discovered that the shoulder pain Judge was experiencing was sympathetic and the source of the pain was the cracked rib.

Once they discovered that actual problem, he was shut down and started rehab treatment.  Recently a doctor familiar with that type of injury at New York’s Presbyterian Hospital who has not seen Judge explained that his injury is actually quite rare.  Most people have twelve ribs on each side of the rib cage.  In a fall usually, the middle ribs that bulge out further are the one’s to be fractured.  In Judge’s case its the first rib up top.  That’s rare and the healing takes longer due to all the muscles that are attached to that rib.

That explanation makes it easy to understand why Judge can’t swing a bat.  Thames said he continues to heal but it’s slower than expected.  It was hoped that the delayed season would benefit him in his healing.  With the slowness in recovery, there is no opinion as to when Judge will be able to swing a bat and take part in spring training when it starts, which is expected sometime in June.  It now looks a surety that the star will not be ready to play when the Yankee season starts or possibly not at all in the worst-case scenario.

Mets pitcher Noah Syndergaard sued for not paying rent

A federal document shows that Noah Syndergaard’s landlord is suing him for not paying his rent on a Manhattan penthouse. He reportedly made an agreement to rent the $27k a month apartment as of March 20th. The agreement was approved back in February and was submitted for evidence in the suit. The deal was for the residence that Syndergaard was to inhabit during the season through November 30th.  The suit claims that the Mets star has failed to honor the agreement or pay any rent.

The choice New York apartment is a penthouse in downtown Manhattan. The apartment has three bedrooms, three and a half baths, a chef’s kitchen, and three expansive terraces. The high style residence has all the latest amenities and the high-end finishes, including the kind of architectural touches you would expect in an expensive penthouse.

Syndergaard is coming off a fairly disappointing 2019 season. He went 10-8 with a 4.28 ERA and 202 strikeouts in 197â…” innings while earning $6 million.  His new contract for this season is $9.7 million.  His nine-month lease agreement for $234k is something he can afford. Noah offered to pay two-months rent and told the landlord that due to the coronavirus, he would not be taking residence.  His lawyers responded to the suit “he has no intention of taking possession of the subject premises, and the landlord is hereby free to re-rent it as he sees fit.”  Syndergaard said he made a good faith effort and is confident in his case, saying, see you in court.

MLB negotiations at a standstill and the clock is ticking

The clock is ticking away on a Yankee baseball season as the MLB negotiations appear to be at an absolute standstill.  If there is any progress, the sides have been tight-lipped.  The negotiations are entering the third week.  The stumbling blocks have been player health, and the owners demand that the players take part in the losses of not having fans in the stands. So far both sides have failed to compromise on the money although the health situation has been addressed with a 67-page health initiative

This week there may be a breakthrough in the talks as the owners and MLB have come up with a new economic proposal.  That proposal is assumed to have a deal that would be more liked by the players union. According to The Atlantic, the proposal will be put forward this coming Tuesday. Hopefully, that will resolve the stalemate to getting a baseball season started this year. Meanwhile, the clock is ticking on an already shortened season.

If the sides come together on a deal, the teams still have to get a three or four-week spring training 2.0 accomplished to prevent injuries and afford some training before the regular season can begin.  An early July start is still hoped for as both the Yankees and Mets are telling players to get ready to arrive at their Florida training facilities.