• Whether or not Noah Syndergaard, the right-hander ranked as the club's No. 1 prospect, according to MLB.com, will be called up next month remains to be seen. Alderson acknowledged, however, that there would be benefits to letting the 21-year-old get a taste of the big leagues.
"There may be something to be gained from the kind of familiarity that he may acquire during that month. Just what goes on at the Major League level, maybe an occasional appearance, maybe just out of the bullpen," Alderson said. "But there are countervailing considerations also. One of those is our roster situation. We don't have 40-man roster spots readily available for everybody we'd potentially like to see in September."
• Daisuke Matsuzaka, who has been on the disabled list for a month with a sore right elbow, does not have another rehab start scheduled. It appears unlikely the right-hander will rejoin the team prior to Sept. 1 barring injury to another pitcher.
Tim Healey is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.