PHILADELPHIA — As thunder, lightning and hours of pouring rain approached Citizens Bank Park on Saturday night, Mets righthander Noah Syndergaard began his usual pregame routine, readying to start against the Phillies.
Syndergaard played long toss and started his bullpen session before the Mets heard the official word, 12 minutes before the scheduled 7:05 p.m. start, that the game would not start on time. There was no announcement at the ballpark — and no tarp on the field — until several minutes past the original start time.
“We were a go,” said manager Mickey Callaway, who indicated he was unhappy with the late notice.
If the teams had played, Syndergaard might not have pitched at all.
“It would have knocked out using him last night if there had been a significant delay,” Callaway said Sunday.
Instead, the game was rescheduled as part of a doubleheader in August.
Syndergaard’s false start was enough for the Mets to move his start to Tuesday, rolling with scheduled starter Jacob deGrom on Sunday, a 4-2 loss to the Phillies.
“He long-tossed, he started throwing off the mound,” Callaway said of Syndergaard. “He’s never pitched the day after he’s done that. There’s a little wear and tear there.”
Syndergaard’s tweaked schedule Sunday included a light bullpen session. “Just a few pitches, just to feel the slope,” Callaway said. “He should be fine.”
Tuesday will be Syndergaard’s second career start against the Blue Jays, the organization that drafted him in 2010 and traded him to the Mets in the deal for R.A. Dickey in December 2012. He also faced the Jays in June 2015.
With outfielder Jay Bruce expected back from the paternity list Tuesday, first baseman Dominic Smith is headed back to Triple-A Las Vegas. In his weekend stint in the majors, Smith went 0-for-1 in two pinch-hit plate appearances.
The Mets optioned lefthander Buddy Baumann to Las Vegas. However, he headed to New York with the team Sunday night and can be recalled when Jerry Blevins goes on the paternity list in the coming days. Optioned players usually have to wait 10 days before returning to the majors, but paternity leave (like the DL) creates an exemption.
Pinch hitting for deGrom, Luis Guillorme picked up his first major-league hit, a bloop single to center in the second inning. Guillorme made his big-league debut as a pinch runner Friday night.