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General Manager Sandy Alderson confirmed to reporters prior to tonight’s contest that both Noah Syndergaard and Steven Matz are dealing with bone spurs in their pitching elbows. Matz’s start has been pushed back a day from Wednesday, and will now start Thursday night’s game against the Chicago Cubs. It has also been confirmed that both pitchers won’t suffer any further damage if they continue to pitch with the spurs, but it could limit their effectiveness. Syndergaard’s spur, which is much smaller, will not require an operation but Matz’s spur most likely will require an operation at some point. It is all wait and see at this point to see if there is any effect on both pitchers going forward. Logan Verrett will get the start tomorrow night against the Nats.
It has been announced today that first baseman Dominic Smith (Team USA) and second baseman Dilson Herrera (World Team) will represent the Mets during the SiriusXM All-Star Futures Game in San Diego on July 10. The 21-year old Smith who was a former first round pick in 2013, is hitting .259 with six home runs and 48 RBI’s in 71 games played for Double-A Binghamton. He is currently ranked as the Mets number one prospect by MLB.com. The 22-year old Herrera made his MLB debut back in 2014, but is still considered one of the best young hitters in the minors, and is regarded as the Mets second baseman of the future. Herrera is currently hitting .278 with 11 home runs and and 44 RBI’s in 69 games played at Triple-A Las Vegas.
Another top prospect, shortstop Amed Rosario, has been declared as most likely staying put during the upcoming trade deadline by a source close to the Mets upper-management. The 20-year old Rosario is currently ranked as the number two prospect in the Mets system by MLB.com, and could be considered the gem of the farm system. Rosario was recently promoted to Double-A Binghamton and is one of the youngest players in the Eastern League. In 71 games played between High-A Port St. Lucie and Double-A Binghamton combined, Rosario has hit .316 with three home runs and 44 RBI’s. Rosario has also collected nine triples.