Noah Syndergaard to make major league debut for Mets on Tuesday

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Update (7:00 PM EST): Syndergaard will start Tuesday for the Mets, Mike Puma of the New York Post reports. Bartolo Colon will move up to pitch Sunday against the Phillies in place of Gee, who was placed on the 15-day disabled list.

Jared Diamond of The Wall Street Journal reports that Mets manager Terry Collins could use a spot starter at some point in the next 20 games. That very well could mean pitching prospect Noah Syndergaard would get the call from Triple-A Las Vegas to make his major league debut.

Syndergaard, 22, has been terrific in his first five starts of the season, posting a 1.82 ERA with a 34/8 K/BB ratio in 29 2/3 innings. The right-hander, acquired from the Blue Jays in the R.A. Dickey trade, entered the season rated as the ninth-best prospect in baseball according to Baseball Prospectus.

Oh, and Syndergaard can apparently rake, too.

Mets starter Dillon Gee is currently dealing with a groin issue, per ESPN’s Adam Rubin. As a result, he is unlikely to make his next start on Sunday against the Phillies. That’s one possible opening for Syndergaard.

Oakland Athletics reverse course, will continue to pay minor leaguers

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Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle reports that Oakland Athletics owner John Fisher has reversed course and will continue to pay minor leaguers. Fisher tells Slusser, “I concluded I made a mistake.” He said he is also setting up an assistance fund for furloughed employees.

The A’s decided in late May to stop paying paying minor leaguers as of June 1, which was the earliest date on which any club could do so after an MLB-wide agreement to pay minor leaguers through May 31 expired. In the event, the A’s were the only team to stop paying the $400/week stipends to players before the end of June. Some teams, notable the Royals and Twins, promised to keep the payments up through August 31, which is when the minor league season would’ve ended. The Washington Nationals decided to lop off $100 of the stipends last week but, after a day’s worth of blowback from the media and fans, reversed course themselves.