With the parting words, “we’ll see you soon,’’ the New York Mets optioned their best pitching prospect, Noah Syndergaard, to Triple-A Las Vegas.
“It’s always disappointing when you get a taste of being in the big-league clubhouse, getting the treatment like a big leaguer gets, and then you’ve got to go back over to the minor-league side where things aren’t so glamorous. So that’s kind of disappointing,’’ Syndergaard told reporters. “But I kind of knew it was coming.’’
In addition today:
* GM Sandy Alderson, who was rebuffed this winter in attempts to deal Ike Davis, is working the phones again in search of a partner. ESPN reports Houston needs a first baseman. Davis hasn’t played in an exhibition game in over two weeks. The Mets will also explore a trade with Lucas Duda.
Davis went 1-for-7 with two strikeouts and Lucas Duda went 1-for-4 with a homer and two walks in minor league intrasquad games.
Davis ran the bases before the game and Duda ran in conditioning drills. Neither ran in the game, which is the deciding factor in being ready for the season.
* It wasn’t a good start for likely fifth starter Daisuke Matszaka gave up four runs on seven hits – including two homers – in five innings, but the Mets rallied to beat Detroit, 5-4,
* Wilmer Flores started at shortstop today, and is expected to play there if optioned to Triple-A Las Vegas.