The Mets skipped Noah Syndergaard‘s last turn through the starting rotation, and that will be the only time they’ll do it through the end of the season, ESPN New York’s Adam Rubin reports. Going forward, they’ll pitch the right-hander once every six games.
Their initial plan was to alternate skipping Syndergaard and Matt Harvey‘s starts. Syndergaard, in his rookie season, has a 3.31 ERA with a 129/29 K/BB ratio over 122 1/3 innings spanning 122 1/3 innings. He also threw 29 2/3 innings with Triple-A Las Vegas.
The Mets’ handling of their young starters has been a subject of controversy lately, as Harvey and the Mets disagreed on a 180-innings limit and there was concern he wouldn’t be available in the post-season.
Cubs reliever Brandon Morrow, on a rehab assignment as he works his way back from elbow and forearm issues, suffered a setback and has been shut down for the remainder of the 2019 season, MLB.com’s Jordan Bastian reports.
Morrow, 35, hasn’t pitched since July 15, 2018. The right-hander inked a two-year, $21 million contract with the Cubs in December 2017 but has been unable to stay healthy. When he did pitch last year, he was excellent, limiting the opposition to five runs on 24 hits and nine walks with 31 strikeouts and 22 saves in 30 2/3 innings.
Morrow is likely done as a Cub. He has a vesting option for 2020 worth $12 million. The details aren’t publicly available but it presumably won’t vest. The Cubs can instead buy him out for $3 million, making him a free agent.