Mets GM Sandy Alderson said Noah Syndergaard's refusal to undergo an MRI on his arm is "not standard practice" but acknowledged that he does not have much control over that decision.
"I can't tie him down and throw him in the tube either," Alderson said on Saturday, according to NJ.com's Abbey Mastracco.
Syndergaard is slated to pitch for the Mets on Sunday after he was initially bumped back due to biceps tendinitis. In the days that followed, however, he noticed improvement in his arm and didn't think an MRI would be necessary.
"I think I know my body best," Syndergaard said. "I think I'm pretty in tune with my body. That's why I refused to take the MRIs, I knew that there was nothing happening in there and that's encouraging to know. I'm ready to pitch on Sunday."
Syndergaard was hampered by a blister on his finger in his opening day start and also dealt with split fingernails in another start, but had not missed a scheduled start until Thursday.
In four starts this season, Syndergaard is 1-1 with a 1.73 ERA.