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Mets to activate Noah Syndergaard on Sunday

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MLB.com’s Anthony DiComo reports that the Mets are expected to activate starter Noah Syndergaard from the 10-day injured list on Sunday to start that night’s nationally broadcast game against the Braves at Citi Field. Manager Mickey Callaway said “everything went great” in Syndergaard’s minor league rehab start on Tuesday.

Syndergaard, 26, went on the injured list after his June 15 start against the Cardinals due to a strained right hamstring. The right-hander will resume with a 5-4 record, a 4.55 ERA, and a 93/24 K/BB ratio across 95 innings of work.

The woebegone Mets enter Wednesday night’s game against the Phillies in fourth place with a 37-43 record. With Syndergaard arbitration-eligible in each of the next two seasons, and no progress made between him and the Mets on an extension, he makes for an attractive trade candidate despite his lackluster numbers this season. It is possible Syndergaard is wearing a new uniform by August 1.

Zack Wheeler headed to IL due to shoulder fatigue

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Mets pitcher Zack Wheeler will be placed on the 10-day injured list due to fatigue in his right shoulder, Newsday’s Tim Healey reports. The roster move is retroactive to July 12. Steven Matz will open up a two-game series in Minnesota, starting in Wheeler’s place on Tuesday.

As Healey notes, the soonest Wheeler can return is July 23, which would give him at most two starts ahead of the July 31 trade deadline. Wheeler has frequently been brought up in trade conversations as he can become a free agent after the season and the 42-51 Mets have been freefalling.

Wheeler, 29, owns a 4.69 ERA with 130 strikeouts and 34 walks across 119 innings of work this season.