After a setback, RHP Dillon Gee (strained lat) was headed to the team’s complex in Florida to continue his rehabilitation. He said it will probably be a few days before he tries to get on the mound again. “We’re going to go with the slow-and-steady approach this time,” he said. … Noah Syndergaard, the team’s top pitching prospect, was placed on the DL with “a mild flexor-pronator strain” in his arm. It was a troubling setback in the development of Syndergaard, a powerful RHP expected to eventually follow Matt Harvey and Zack Wheeler in the rotation. Although the Mets described the strain as mild, the injury has been known to lead to Tommy John surgery, according to the New York Times. “At this point, we don’t have a high level of concern,” general manager Sandy Alderson told the newspaper. “But any time the forearm is involved, we like to have it looked at.”
3B Ryan Zimmerman (right thumb fracture) , on the DL since April 13, had an X-ray last week and has been cleared to begin hitting. Manager Matt Williams said there was no timetable for his return. “We don’t have a definite on that yet,” Williams told reporters, according to the Washington Post. “But he’s taken the next step, which is good. So he’ll start swinging the bat in the cage, some tee work, some soft-toss work. See how he does with that and progress from there.”
LHP Cliff Lee has not been cleared to start throwing. Lee has an elbow strain and was placed on the DL. “It’s definitely better, but it’s still there,” Lee said. “No sense in rushing it.” … Kyle Kendrick (1-5) earned his first win since Aug. 6, a span of 16 winless starts. Matt Beech was the last Phillies pitcher to lose 11 straight. His streak went from Aug. 13, 1996, to Aug. 2, 1997. … 3B Cody Asche (left hamstring strain) was placed on the DL. … LPGA golfer Gerina Piller was on hand to promote the tour’s stop at the ShopRite LPGA Classic in Galloway, N.J.