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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.

Giancarlo Stanton to make return from IL this week

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Per The Athletic’s Lindsey Adler, Yankees manager Aaron Boone said outfielder Giancarlo Stanton may be activated from the injured list on Wednesday. Stanton will “certainly” be activated on Thursday.

Stanton, 29, has appeared in all of nine games this season due to knee and calf injuries. The calf injury struck first during the opening week of the season. He wouldn’t return until June 18, then played in a whopping six games before a strained PCL in his right knee sent him back on the IL. But if there was ever a time for Stanton to make his triumphant return, it’s right before what the Yankees hope is a deep postseason run.

In the nine games Stanton has appeared in this season, spanning 38 trips to the plate, he has hit .290/.421/.419 with a double, a homer, seven RBI, and four runs scored.