The Cubs defeated the Mets 7-4 this evening at Wrigley Field to complete a three-game sweep. The Mets got another punch in the gut after the game.
According to Adam Rubin of ESPN New York, Mets prospect right-hander Noah Syndergaard left his start with Triple-A Las Vegas this evening after he injured his left (non-throwing) shoulder while attempting to cover home plate following a wild pitch. The Mets have termed the injury as “left shoulder discomfort.” He has been sent for X-rays.
Tonight was Syndergaard’s first start back after he was recently shut down with a flexor tendon strain in his right forearm. The hope was that he would be able to make his major league debut at some point this summer, but he isn’t having much luck on the health front right now. Hey, at least this new injury isn’t to his throwing arm.
In a less-notable move on Friday, the Rays acquired right-hander Wilmer Font from the Athletics in exchange for minor league right-hander Peter Bayer. Font was designated for assignment by the A’s on Wednesday.
This is the second trade involving the righty since the start of the season. The Athletics acquired 28-year-old Font from the Dodgers in late April, but were underwhelmed by his performance after he racked up 11 runs, five home runs, four walks and nine strikeouts in his first 6 2/3 innings of relief. While the rookie has yet to prove himself at the big league level, he posted a much more respectable pitching line with the Dodgers’ Triple-A affiliate in 2017, going 10-8 in 25 starts with a 3.42 ERA, 2.3 BB/9 and 11.9 SO/9 in 134 1/3 innings. It’s still unclear whether the Rays intend to give him another opportunity in the majors this year or use him as depth in the minors.
Bayer, 24, is still a ways away from cracking any major league roster. He advanced to High-A Charlotte prior to the trade and allowed eight runs, two homers, six walks and six strikeouts in his first four innings.