Noah Syndergaard calls it ‘unfortunate’ that talks with Mets went public

The Mets’ Noah Syndergaard says it is “unfortunate” that his complaints to New York’s front office and coaching staff about catcher Wilson Ramos were made public and denied any role in leaking the conversations.

The New York Post reported on Syndergaard’s frustrations Monday, saying the right-hander or his agents have implored the Mets numerous times to let Syndergaard pitch to another catcher.

Syndergaard said Tuesday he was surprised by the report. He says it is “completely false” that he was livid in conversations with club officials and called their discussions “very cordial and adult.” He also said he has “nothing but respect” for Ramos.

Syndergaard has a 5.09 ERA in 15 games pitching to Ramos and a 2.45 ERA in 10 games pitching to primary backup Tomas Nido. Syndergaard spoke to the Mets over the weekend when Nido caught Marcus Stroman’s start Saturday and Ramos caught Syndergaard on Sunday.

Callaway says he has not decided who will catch Syndergaard’s next start, likely Friday against the Dodgers.

Pirates scuffle: The Pirates say right-hander Kyle Crick required season-ending surgery on the index finger of his pitching hand after he was injured in a clubhouse fight at Oracle Park with fellow reliever Felipe Vazquez.

Both players were fined for violating their contracts.

The altercation occurred before Monday’s game against the Giants. Crick, who made 30 appearances with the Giants in 2017, had surgery Tuesday to repair the extensor tendon, performed by Dr. Scott Hanson in San Francisco. The club expects him to be ready for spring training.

Briefly: Byron Buxton, Minnesota’s speedy center fielder, will miss the rest of the season recovering from shoulder surgery. Buxton had an operation Tuesday to repair a damaged labrum that likely will require recovery time of five to six months. He batted .262 with 30 doubles, four triples, 10 homers, 46 RBIs and 48 runs in only 271 at-bats, with a career-best .827 on-base-plus-slugging percentage. … Orioles general manager Mike Elias fired 14 members of the organization, most from the player-development department and international operations. Elias has dismissed 25 people in an overhaul of the system that he inherited when taking the job in November.

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