8/23/2014 8:26 P.M. ET
Syndergaard's debut may wait until 2015
By Anthony DiComo / MLB.com
LOS ANGELES -- With each passing week, it becomes less and less likely that Mets' top prospect Noah Syndergaard makes his big league debut this season.
That may have been surprising in March, when it was widely assumed that Syndergaard would join the Mets around midseason, like Matt Harvey in 2012 and Zack Wheeler in '13. But unlike those two, Syndergaard has struggled in his first taste of Triple-A, going 8-7 with a 4.85 ERA in 24 starts for Las Vegas. He gave up five runs in the first inning Friday night before recovering to throw five additional scoreless innings.
Given those numbers, the Mets have demonstrated no commitment toward promoting Syndergaard in September simply for the sake of promoting him. The right-hander is also bumping up against an innings limit, with another three to five starts remaining before the Mets shut him down.
"It doesn't matter to me," manager Terry Collins said of whether or not Syndergaard debuts. "You always like to see the prospects, but I know one thing I don't want to have happen is to have him called up and have five innings to work with. Start him in a game and have him go five and then shut him down for the rest of the year -- I'm not sure that's a fair assessment of what he can do."
Collins also noted that right-hander Rafael Montero, whom the Mets optioned to Las Vegas late Friday night, will pitch out of the Triple-A rotation and not the bullpen. Like Syndergaard, Montero is brushing up against an innings limit that he should hit in September.
Colon could draw interest in waiver-trade deal
LOS ANGELES -- The Mets have placed starting pitcher Bartolo Colon on revocable waivers, according to FOX Sports, opening the door for a potential trade. The team has not confirmed the report.
Colon, 41, will start Sunday at Dodger Stadium in what could be his final outing with the Mets. Several teams, most notably the Angels, are in need of starting pitching, increasing the chances that the Mets deal Colon if he clears waivers.
Clearing will be the tricky part. The Mets cannot trade Colon freely unless he goes unclaimed by every other National League team in reverse order of standings, and then by every American League team in reverse order. If that happens, the Mets can negotiate a deal with any big league club prior to Aug. 30.
If a team claims Colon during that process, the Mets can either let the claiming team take him and absorb his full salary, work out a trade, or pull him back. If they pull Colon back, he becomes ineligible for a trade.
There is a chance a team could claim Colon in an attempt to block contenders such as the Angels from acquiring him. But that strategy carries with it the very real risk that the Mets will simply let Colon and his salary go.
Colon is 11-10 with a 3.85 ERA in 24 starts. He missed his last outing due to the death of his mother.
Collins expects Flores to bounce back
LOS ANGELES -- Once Mets manager Terry Collins received word that Wilmer Flores' right hand injury was nothing significant, there was little question as to who would start at shortstop Saturday night for the Mets.
"You've got to deal with things that come up," Collins said, referring to Flores' two errors in Friday night's 6-2 loss to the Dodgers. "If you have a bad night, you make an error that hurts your club, that's the way it goes. You've got to get back out there tomorrow. The greatest of the greats have done it."
Flores' errors were both rather egregious, with one resulting in him tripping and falling to the dirt and the other directly leading to a run. Together, they served to tarnish what has otherwise been an adequate transition to shortstop for the 23-year-old former third baseman.
The Mets have yet to decide whether Flores can play shortstop for them on an everyday basis in future seasons. But how he recovers from Friday's gaffes could help them make that decision.
"He'd better understand he's going to have another one," Collins said. "He's going to have another rough day one of these times, so he's got to get back out there and play."
Flores' injury, the result of a spiking at second base in the sixth inning Friday, had no significant lasting effects.
• Reliever Scott Rice, who lives in Southern California, reunited with his Mets teammates prior to Saturday's game at Dodger Stadium. Rice underwent left elbow surgery last month and expects to be ready for Opening Day. He posted a 5.93 ERA in 13 appearances prior to his demotion to Triple-A Las Vegas and subsequent injury.