It seems like the Mets may have gotten lucky when it comes to the severity of Noah Syndergaard's hamstring strain.
An MRI taken on Sunday revealed a "low-grade" strain, manager Mickey Callaway said before Monday's game in Atlanta, noting that Syndergaard (who is on the IL and will miss his start on Thursday) will be evaluated again in the coming days.
Before Monday's game, Syndergaard -- who was on his way to the field to do agility drills -- said that he is in "tip top" shape, according to MLB.com's Anthony DiComo.
Noah Syndergaard (hamstring) out doing some agility drills pic.twitter.com/zOKVQ81Ysr- SNY (@SNYtv) June 17, 2019
On Sunday, before the results of the MRI were announced, Syndergaard provided his own update when he said the strain was "very mild" -- according to Newsday's Tim Healey.
Syndergaard had been sent for the MRI on Sunday after leaving Saturday's game in the seventh inning due to the injury, which he suffered while throwing his 102nd pitch of the night.
Callaway said Sunday that it "didn't seem like he would make his next start anyway because it would be hard to get his work in in between," when explaining why Syndergaard had been placed on the IL.
Syndergaard is eligible to return from the IL next Wednesday.
As far as who will take Syndergaard's place on Thursday against the Cubs in Chicago, Callaway said the team hadn't yet made a decision.
On Sunday, Callaway didn't make it seem like Anthony Kay -- who was recently promoted to Triple-A -- would be getting strong consideration for that start, so that means the Mets will likely hand the ball to Wilmer Font, Drew Gagnon, Walter Lockett, or Ervin Santana. Both Lockett and Santana are in the minors, and would require a 25-man roster move.