New York Mets third baseman and captain David Wright criticized pitcher prospect Noah Syndergaard on Tuesday for eating lunch in the clubhouse during the team's intrasquad game on Tuesday in Port St. Lucie, Fla.
Mets pitcher Bobby Parnell also took issue with Syndergaard.
Marc Carig of Newsday reported the details on Twitter.
David Wright and Bobby Parnell got on Noah Syndergaard today eating lunch in the clubhouse during the Mets’ intrasquad game.— Marc Carig (@MarcCarig) March 3, 2015
Syndergaard was contrite, but it was not a comfortable exchange. He told me he was stunned when Wright got on him for being in clubhouse.— Marc Carig (@MarcCarig) March 3, 2015
As Wright scolded Syndergaard, Parnell took his plate, still piled with food, tossed it into a nearby trash can.— Marc Carig (@MarcCarig) March 3, 2015
Wright did not raise his voice, Carig reported, but "was not a happy camper either."
[daily_cut.mlb]Syndergaard, a 22-year-old right-hander who is in his first major-league camp at age 22, later said the incident was cleared up.
"It was surprising," Syndergaard said, according to Newsday. "It kind of caught me off guard. I really wasn't expecting it to be that big of a deal. So, it took me off guard a little bit. But I understand where it's coming from."
Last season, Syndergaard went 9-7 with a 4.60 ERA, 145 strikeouts and 43 walks with the Mets' Triple-A affiliate in Las Vegas.
Wright was named the Mets' captain in 2013. This season will be his 12th with the Mets. - Mike Fiammetta
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