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Syndergaard: 'No regrets' on declining MRI

Mets starter hasn't thrown since tearing lat muscle April 30
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Mets starter Noah Syndergaard told a New York radio station Thursday that he has "no regrets" about declining to undergo an MRI on his right shoulder shortly before suffering a torn lat that has since kept him on the disabled list.

Syndergaard was asked on WFAN's "Boomer & Carton" show about declining to have his shoulder examined before tearing his lat muscle April 30 in a 23-5 loss to the Nationals.

Mets starter Noah Syndergaard told a New York radio station Thursday that he has "no regrets" about declining to undergo an MRI on his right shoulder shortly before suffering a torn lat that has since kept him on the disabled list.

Syndergaard was asked on WFAN's "Boomer & Carton" show about declining to have his shoulder examined before tearing his lat muscle April 30 in a 23-5 loss to the Nationals.

"No, no regrets for me really. There was nothing structurally wrong. I was able to go out there and play, catch and throw all those bullpens," Syndergaard said. "I felt great, ready to [start] that Sunday, but something happened."

Syndergaard was originally scratched from his April 27 start against the Braves with shoulder and biceps discomfort. He declined the Mets' request to undergo an MRI at that time, stating he felt good enough to pitch that Sunday, three days later. Things went awry when Syndergaard took the mound, however, as the star pitcher threw just 38 pitches before leaving the game with noticeable discomfort. He has not thrown in any capacity since.

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Syndergaard elaborated on his relationship with Mets general manager Sandy Alderson in the radio interview, saying it is now "stronger than ever before," following the miscommunication about the MRI.

"We kind of had our differences, but we were able to grow from that," Syndergaard said.

The Mets' ace also revealed he is feeling much better, but has no timetable for his return.

"I probably won't be able to pick up a ball in quite some time," Syndergaard said. "I have no pain, but want to make sure my lat is nice and stretched out, and flexible and ready to go."

Matt Kelly is a reporter for MLB.com based in New York. Follow him on Twitter at @mattkellyMLB.

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