Noah Syndergaard Aug 22, 2023; Cleveland, Ohio, USA; Cleveland Guardians starting pitcher Noah Syndergaard (34) throws a pitch during the first inning against the Los Angeles Dodgers at Progressive Field. Mandatory Credit: Ken Blaze-USA TODAY Sports

The long, sad decline of Noah Syndergaard hit another low Sunday.

The Cleveland Guardians announced they are designating the 30-year-old right-hander for assignment.

Syndergaard, 30, is clearly not the same pitcher he was before March 2020, when he underwent Tommy John surgery that cost him most of the 2020 and 2021 seasons. The former All-Star, whose nickname (“Thor”) has seemed out of place since he lost his triple-digit fastball, has been rocked this season. He had a 7.16 ERA in 12 starts with the Los Angeles Dodgers before the team traded him to Cleveland at the deadline.

Syndergaard’s struggles have continued with the Guardians. In his last three starts, he’s given up 13 earned runs in 16 1/3 innings, with six home runs. He gave up five earned runs, with three homers, in six innings against the Toronto Blue Jays Sunday, prompting his DFA.

Perhaps another team will take a chance on Syndergaard, but he’s now pitched for four teams in the past year, including stops with the Los Angeles Angels and Philadelphia Phillies.

Baseball fans on Twitter wondered what’s next for the one-time “God of Thunder.”

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