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Noah Syndergaard’s rehab has been delayed by “general soreness”

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Noah Syndergaard was scratched from a scheduled simulation game on Sunday with “general soreness,” per MLB.com’s Anthony DiComo. The right-hander will sit tight for two days before attempting to progress with his rehab, a process that has already been drawn out for four months since he was diagnosed with a partial tear of his right lat muscle back in May. He made a 36-pitch appearance for Low-A Brooklyn last Thursday, but felt sore following the outing and has not been given the green light for further baseball activities just yet.

Club manager Terry Collins sees no need to rush his ace right-hander back to the mound, though both he and Syndergaard agree that one or two spot starts could be beneficial as the Mets’ season winds down this month. “The upside is when he goes in the wintertime, he knows that all he has to do is worry about getting ready for Spring Training, and not have to rehab,” Collins said prior to Sunday’s game. The current plan is to give Syndergaard another bullpen session in a week’s time, though that plan could change if he experiences further setbacks in the days to come.

Syndergaard, 25, went 1-2 in his first five starts this season, pairing a 3.29 ERA with an 0.7 BB/9 and 10.5 SO/9 through 27 1/3 innings. He tried to push through a biceps injury during his start against the Nationals on April 30, but ended up sustaining the lat injury in the second inning of the Nats’ 23-5 drubbing. The Mets, understandably, don’t want to push him to his breaking point again.

Report: Twins sign Erick Aybar to minor-league deal

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The Twins have reportedly signed free agent shortstop Erick Aybar to a minor-league deal,¬†LaVelle E. Neal III of the Star Tribune¬†reported Friday. FanRag Sports’ Jon Heyman adds that the deal comes with a potential $1.25 million if Aybar reaches the majors, with additional incentives based on plate appearances. He’ll be able to opt out on March 27. The team has yet to confirm the signing.

Aybar, 34, is now four years removed from his career year in 2014. He’s been in a state of steady decline since then, slashing just .234/.300/.348 with seven home runs and 11 stolen bases over 370 plate appearances for the Padres in 2017. His poor performance wasn’t helped by a fractured left foot, either, which cost him almost six weeks on the disabled list.

Still, the Twins see something promising in the veteran infielder, and reportedly intend to use him as another utility option this spring. Per Neal, Aybar will join fellow backup infielders Eduardo Escobar and Ehire Adrianza and may even (temporarily) take over for Miguel Sano at third base if Sano isn’t able to shape up for the role by Opening Day.