The tug-of-war between individual rights and sacrifice for the greater good has spilled into the sports arena with Noah Syndergaard’s looming Tommy John surgery.
The Mets right-hander is scheduled to undergo surgery Thursday in West Palm Beach, Fla., to repair a torn ulnar collateral ligament, with a rehab that will keep him sidelined into the 2021 season. According to sources, the team and pitcher have been told — Syndergaard was examined by Dr. David Altchek and received a second opinion from Dr. Neal El Attrache — that surgery fit necessary guidelines, at a time most procedures have been postponed to preserve resources following the COVID-19 outbreak.
Among those resources are surgical masks and ventilators.
“The indication for surgery is if there were a delay in surgery there would be harm to the patient and permanent damage,” said Dr. Eric Freeman, a Long Island-based orthopedic surgeon who has not examined Syndergaard. “In a case like Noah, if there was evidence of weakness in the hand and compromise of the ulna nerve there would be an indication. It typically is unusual to have permanent damage.”
Freeman noted he’s been forced to postpone…