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WSH@NYM: Colon fans eight, limits two runs over seven

Bartolo Colon is back -- but he may not be back for long.

The right-hander will get the start for the Mets at Dodger Stadium in Sunday's series finale, but according to FOX Sports, the Mets have placed him on revocable waivers, meaning the start could potentially be his last in a Mets uniform.

Colon was reinstated from the bereavement list Friday after missing his last start due to the death of his mother. He's 11-10 with a 3.85 ERA on the season and was discussed as a possible trade candidate at the July 31 non-waiver Trade Deadline.

"If anybody comes after Bartolo Colon, they're getting one of the real true veteran guys," Mets manager Terry Collins said in late July. "You're not just looking at a guy that's got experience. This guy is down to earth. He is calm. He's not rattled by anything. He's an inning-eating machine. He doesn't change his plan for anybody. He knows what he's doing. When you're talking about a veteran guy, you don't want to ruin a clubhouse. This guy brings something to the clubhouse."

Colon has a 3.66 ERA in three August starts. He said at the Deadline that he wasn't concerned about whether the Mets would deal him and he could once again be in that predicament should he clear waivers and become available to deal until Aug. 31.

"Whatever they choose to do with me, it is what it is," Colon said. "I accept it."

Colon will face a Los Angeles lineup that should pack more punch than it did in Saturday night's 7-4 Dodgers win.

Manager Don Mattingly rested center fielder Yasiel Puig, who he said looked tired, and Mattingly gave third baseman Justin Turner a day off for the first time since Juan Uribe (right hamstring) went on the disabled list Aug. 16.

Both players are expected to return Sunday, along with shortstop Hanley Ramirez, who Mattingly said will be activated from the disabled list after missing 14 games with a right oblique strain.

"If he's good to go, I'm playing him," Mattingly said.

Right-hander Kevin Correia will take the mound for the Dodgers, making his third start with the team after being acquired from Minnesota. He's 2-0 with a 4.09 ERA with the Dodgers and 7-13 with a 4.87 ERA overall.

Dodgers: Pederson reaches 30/30 milestone
With a stolen base Saturday night, Dodgers No. 3 prospect Joc Pederson did what no other player has done in the Pacific Coast League since 1934.

Already leading the league with 32 home runs, Pederson swiped his 30th base of the season to become the first 30-homer, 30-steal player in the PCL since Angels Minor Leaguer Frank Demaree did it 80 years ago.

Pederson came into the night batting .301/.432/.586 in 114 games with Triple-A Albuquerque and will soon join the Major League team once rosters expand in September.

However, Mattingly said Saturday that he's not expecting to throw Pederson into the fire when he comes up. Mattingly has already seen what Pederson is capable of on the field. September will be more about acclimating him to the Major League game.

"We'll use him, but I'll use him like any other guy coming up in September," Mattingly said. "I don't really plan on throwing him out there or anything. I think it'll be a good experience. I think it'll be good for him."

Mets: Syndergaard's debut may wait
With each passing week, it becomes less and less likely that Mets top prospect Noah Syndergaard makes his big league debut this season.

That may have been surprising in March, when it was widely assumed that Syndergaard would join the Mets around midseason, like Matt Harvey in 2012 and Zack Wheeler in '13. But unlike those two, Syndergaard has struggled in his first taste of Triple-A, going 8-7 with a 4.85 ERA in 24 starts for Las Vegas. He gave up five runs in the first inning Friday night before recovering to throw five additional scoreless innings.

Given those numbers, the Mets have demonstrated no commitment toward promoting Syndergaard in September simply for the sake of promoting him. The right-hander is also bumping up against an innings limit, with another three to five starts remaining before the Mets shut him down.

"It doesn't matter to me," manager Terry Collins said of whether or not Syndergaard debuts. "You always like to see the prospects, but I know one thing I don't want to have happen is to have him called up and have five innings to work with. Start him in a game and have him go five and then shut him down for the rest of the year -- I'm not sure that's a fair assessment of what he can do."

Worth noting:
• Reliever Scott Rice, who lives in Southern California, reunited with his Mets teammates prior to Saturday's game at Dodger Stadium. Rice underwent left elbow surgery last month and expects to be ready for Opening Day. He posted a 5.93 ERA in 13 appearances prior to his demotion to Triple-A Las Vegas and subsequent injury.

• Right-hander Josh Beckett, on the DL since Aug. 4 with a left hip impingement, threw from a seated position Saturday, but Mattingly said he's still unsure Beckett will have enough time to return this season.

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