Mets' pitcher Noah Syndergaard needs more rest after second opinion, Jay Bruce likely to miss series-opener vs. D-backsJune 14, 2018 2:16pm

June 14--ATLANTA -- Noah Syndergaard needs more rest.

The Mets right-hander got a second opinion in New York on Tuesday that confirmed he has a strained ligament in his right index finger. He will rest, and when the symptoms subside, begin a throwing program.

"He's going to rest until he's symptom-free and then start a throwing progression," Callaway said Wednesday before a 2-0 loss to Atlanta. "It's tender to the touch."

Syndergaard last pitched on May 25 and was shut down after trying to throw last weekend. The second opinion called for more rest and making sure the finger is free from soreness before he throws again. That mean Syndergaard's hiatus will likely require a rehab assignment before he returns.

"We'll see," Callaway said of a Syndergaard needing a rehab assignment over a simulated game.

BRUCE HURTING

Jay Bruce woke up with a sore lower back/hip/buttocks Wednesday, but tried to play through it. He will likely sit out the Mets' series-opener in Arizona on Thursday.

"He's a little banged up, you probably won't see him in the lineup tomorrow," Callaway said.

He described Bruce, who went 0-for-3, as "a little bit ineffective today."

Bruce said it's an issue he has had before and has had checked out with trainers.

"They are pretty sure it's muscular," Bruce said. "It's manageable. I just feel it sometimes on certain swings it gets it a little more."

THERE IS CRYING IN BASEBALL

Mickey Callaway's first career ejection did not go over well back at home. The first-year Mets manager said the video of him arguing with home plate umpire Stu Scheurwater upset his daughters.

"My kids started crying they said," Callaway said the reaction to his ejection was. "They're girls though."

Callaway has two daughters, ages nine and 12. He said it was an upsetting scene on the TV at home.

"They didn't understand why Daddy was yelling at someone. They were at the bathroom, and they saw it on the monitor, and I was out there, like this (pointing his finger yelling at the umpire), and my daughter started crying, she didn't know what to think. She was nervous."

HELP IS ON THE WAY.

The Mets claimed RHP Chris Beck off waivers from the Chicago White Sox, and he will join the team in Arizona. Beck, 27, had one save and a 4.18 ERA in 14 games this season with the White Sox.

"He's got some electric stuff, probably hasn't figured it out to the point he'd like to yet," Callaway said. "He's an interesting guy, for sure."

MEDICAL UPDATES

Wilmer Flores went 1-for-3 with a double and played five innings at third base Tuesday in a rehab game with Port St. Lucie. The infielder has been on the disabled list with since May 28 with a sore lower back. Callaway said they are waiting until he plays nine innings in the field before they activate him. ... Jeurys Familia threw Wednesday morning and the Mets are hopeful that after a bullpen session on Friday he can rejoin the team.

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