Baseball star Noah Syndergaard has been sidelined in a bizarre incident after contracting hand, foot and mouth disease at an educational camp for local children.
The 25-year-old New York Mets pitcher, who can reach up to 100MPH with his flamethrowing right arm when healthy, is the latest in a long line of injuries for the club, who are having a horrendous season.
Syndergaard, nicknamed ‘Thor’ for his appearance and the strength of his pitching arm, was working at the camp during Major League Baseball‘s All-Star break last week.
One of the hardest-throwing starting pitchers in the sport, he will now sit out at least the next ten days as he recovers from the condition, known as Coxsackie viral infection.
The disease causes sores on the hands and feet, while fevers and sore throats are also common, resulting in the player being told to stay away from the clubhouse.
Syndergaard pitched against cross-city rivals the Yankees on Friday but appeared tired and his team picked up a noticeable drop in speed as he lasted just five innings before being replaced.
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Mets head coach Mickey Callaway, in his debut season with the club, told reporters of his frustration, saying: “I put my hands on his legs to talk to him when he came out, I felt his legs shaking.
“This is maybe the first DL (Disabled List) stint in major league history with hand, foot and mouth. Maybe a record or something.”
The Mets have been decimated by injuries to their key players in 2018 and sit bottom of their division with a woeful 40-56 record, the second-worst in MLB’s National League.
That puts the futures of star names such as Syndergaard, who missed seven weeks earlier this season with finger ligament damage, at risk as trade rumours grow.