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The Journal Gazette

Thursday, June 14, 2018 1:00 am

Briefs

Syndergaard to rest finger

Associated Press

ATLANTA – Mets right-hander Noah Syndergaard has been prescribed more rest after getting a second opinion on a strained ligament in his index finger.

Manager Mickey Callaway said Syndergaard's right finger is “tender to the touch.” Syndergaard, on the disabled list retroactive to May 26, was examined Tuesday in New York. There is no immediate timetable for his return.

Callaway added that Syndergaard likely will need a rehab start. The Mets had hoped he could get back this week, but Syndergaard will miss his third straight turn in the rotation. Seth Lugo again will take his place when New York begins a four-game series Thursday at Arizona.

Syndergaard is 4-1 with a 3.06 ERA and 76 strikeouts in 642/3 innings as one of the Mets' aces, along with Jacob deGrom.

Yankees may upgrade rotation

Hal Steinbrenner says his New York Yankees may need a starting pitching upgrade if they're going to reach their first World Series since 2009.

Steinbrenner, the Yankees managing general partner, said Wednesday the club will explore the trade market for an arm, especially considering the recent loss of left-hander Jordan Montgomery, who had season-ending Tommy John surgery June 7.

Cole Hamels, Chris Archer and Madison Bumgarner are among the biggest names that could potentially be available at the deadline, but they would likely cost one or more of New York's blue-chip prospects. Steinbrenner wants to be cautious about moving high-ceiling youngsters to beef up the rotation.