New York Mets captain David Wright and top pitching prospect Noah Syndergaard said on Wednesday they have moved on from Tuesday's incident in which Wright admonished Syndergaard for eating lunch in the clubhouse during an intrasquad game in Port St. Lucie, Fla.
Syndergaard, a 6'6" right-hander and the Mets' No. 1 overall prospect according to MLB.com, was not scheduled to pitch in the game and was attempting to eat a quick lunch in the clubhouse. While Wright was talking to him, Mets pitcher Bobby Parnell came over and threw Syndergaard's plate into the garbage.
Wright said on Wednesday that he did not realize reporters were nearby when he started telling Syndergaard he should be on the field.
“This is a nonissue,” Wright said with a smile. “Not just me, but anybody in here — you see something that could help a player out, and you say it. It’s the way we kind of get on each other that some people don’t get or understand. I’ve got three younger brothers, and it’s the way I get on them.”
Wright has been the Mets' captain since 2013. This season will be his 12th with the team.
Syndergaard, a 22-year-old prospect who spent the 2014 season at Triple-A Las Vegas, said he didn't think Wright or Parnell was picking on him.
“It was just really a mistake on my part,” Syndergaard said Wednesday. “Straight up ignorance on my part, just thinking I could go in there during a game, grab a quick bite to eat. It was just a learning experience for me. Should have been on the bench.”
Syndegaard is expected to at one point join the Mets' starting rotation. Last season, New York's starters ranked ninth with 3.81 runs allowed per game. The Mets finished 79-83, second in the NL East.