Geoff Burke, USA Today

Storylines: Noah Syndergaard's injury accelerates the Mets' search for pitching help

With Noah Syndergaard's recent lat tear injury and their pitching staff already running thin, the New York Mets are being aggressive in their search for outside pitching help. That and all the other news and notes from around baseball on Tuesday...

Top Storyline:

- With right-hander Noah Syndergaard sidelined for an indeterminable period of time, the New York Mets are acknowledging that they have little choice but to be more aggressive in their search for outside pitching and that their process has been accelerated per Kristie Ackert of the New York Daily News. Syndergaard is the third Mets pitcher to be struck by injury as righty Seth Lugo and lefty Steven Matz are also recovering from injuries of their own and are out for at least another month. The Mets pitching depth is dangerously thin as their current rotation is now Jacob deGrom, Matt Harvey, Zack Wheeler, Robert Gsellman and Rafael Montero. The Mets are going to have to cast a wide net in the free agent pool of veteran pitchers. The top choices appear to be Doug Fister, Colby Lewis and John Danks. None of these guys are ace pitchers, but are capable of eating some innings and providing some much-needed depth to the Mets rotation. A trade is unrealistic as it’s still early in the season and teams are usually not interested in accelerating trade talks as they still are unsure what type of season they are in for. The Mets are on dangerously thin ice with regards to their pitching and hopefully can find some help soon before the ice breaks and their pitching staff falls apart completely.

Indians News:

- The Cleveland Indians are sending center fielder Austin Jackson to the 10-day DL with a great toe hyperextension per Ryan Lewis of the Akron Beacon Journal. Jackson injured his toe while running the bases in Monday’s game against the Detroit Tigers. It remains unclear if the veteran outfielder will be able to return when the minimum 10 days are up.

Other Storylines:

- The Colorado Rockies may have welcomed back Ian Desmond into the fold but are still waiting for the return of young outfielder David Dahl. The Rockies’ outfielder is reportedly still a ways away from returning as he is still having trouble giving 100% to his swing as he recovers from a stress reaction in his rib cage suffered in Spring Training. He has yet to appear in a minor league rehab outing yet though the Rockies are deep enough in the outfield right now, so his absence has not been an anchor yet for the club.

- The Tampa Bay Rays have activated outfielder Colby Rasmus off the DL per Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times. Rasmus was signed to a one-year deal in the offseason and is expected to fill in mostly in left field as center field is taken by star defender Kevin Kiermaier and right field is manned by the likes of Corey Dickerson and Steven Souza Jr. The Rays are hoping Rasmus can rediscover his lethal left-handed swing that allowed him to produce a career-high 25 home runs with the Houston Astros in 2015.

- The bid for the Miami Marlins franchise continues to take interesting turns. A purchase group headlined by Tagg Romney has reportedly emerged as the front-runner to win the sale of the Marlins per Dan Hyde of the Sun Sentinel. It appeared that the interest group led by Derek Jeter and Jeb Bush were nearing a deal to buy the Marlins, but that seems to have changed and now the Romney group is in the driver’s seat.


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