Noah Syndergaard will have to step away for several weeks after suffering a torn lat muscle earlier this week.
Here’s what else is happening around the National League:
Cincinnati’s Billy Hamilton is fast, but he’s willing to prove his speed off the ballfield as well.
Last week, the Cincinnati Bengals picked speedster and wide receiver John Ross with their first pick in the NFL draft. Ross set an NFL Scouting Combine record with a 4.22 40-yard-dash. Now, Hamilton wants to test his speed against Ross by setting up a race.
Hamilton’s got a hill to climb here —he hasn’t run a 40 since high school, despite finishing with an impressive 4.5.
A scary situation unfolded at Petco Park on Thursday, when San Diego’s Hector Sanchez lost control of his bat, causing it to fly into the stands and hit a fan. The fan, a woman, was attended to by security for about ten minutes, before walking out on her own power.
The Nationals put an absolute number on the Mets last Sunday, coming away with a 23-5 shellacking that established the Nats as the clear favorite in the NL East. Leading the way was Anthony Rendon, who went six-for-six with three homers and ten runs batted in (!).