Injuries happen to all players whether a pitcher, catcher or any other position player.
Look at Washington Nationals outfielder Adam Eaton who tore his ACL trying to beat out an infield single and is out for the rest of the season.
But it’s always a little (ok a lot) more worrisome when pitchers experience pain or is sidelined because of injury on their throwing arm. For collectors, there’s built-in risk when investing in pitchers as we discussed earlier in the case of Alex Reyes.
Now another elite pitcher in New York Mets pitcher Noah Syndergaard had one start pushed back due to biceps discomfort, which could be nothing…or it could be the start of something that comes back to bother him throughout his career.
For pitchers, their highest value tends to be either as an elite prospect before he starts his pro career with expectations never higher than at that point, or after a pitcher is done his hall-of-fame worthy career.
For Syndergaard, Mets fan and his rookie card collectors are hoping he could resume his stellar start to 2017 this weekend.
But buyer beware: Holding on to a pitcher as a long-term investment will inevitably come with more ups and downs than a regular position player.