The Mets scratched Ervin Santana from his start for Triple-A Syracuse on Tuesday, which could mean absolutely nothing. Or it could mean that a trade of Zack Wheeler or Noah Syndergaard is about to go down.
Mets manager Mickey Callaway said over the weekend that the team had a plan in place in the event they needed a starting pitcher from the minors to replace one that was traded.
For Santana, that could mean potentially flying to Chicago to pitch for the Mets on Tuesday night in place of Syndergaard. The likelier scenario would be him taking the spot of Wheeler, who is slated to pitch on Thursday.
Even if a trade isn't close, the Mets could be scratching Santana as a hedge in case something materializes with Wheeler or Syndergaard before the deadline.
As far as other potential rotation options, Corey Oswalt is on the IL and Walker Lockett was recently sent down and can't be called back up before 10 days pass unless a player on the 25-man roster is placed on the IL. The Mets also have Chris Mazza in Triple-A.