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Walker Lockett to start for Mets on Thursday

Lockett fills in for Noah Syndergaard in Chicago.

MLB: Spring Training-Miami Marlins at New York Mets Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports

The Mets announced will call up right-handed pitcher Walker Lockett to take the mound Thursday at Wrigley Field against the Cubs in place of the injured Noah Syndergaard, according to Mike Puma of the Post.

Lockett, who is 25 years old, was acquired in the offseason in the trade that sent Kevin Plawecki to the Cleveland Indians. He has a 3.24 ERA in 24.2 innings in Syracuse this season, though he has struck out just 3.3 batters per nine innings in that time. Last season, he threw 15 major league innings for the San Diego Padres with a 9.60 ERA and a 2.133 WHIP.

The Mets already have Lockett on the 40-man roster, so they will only need to make a 25-man roster move in order to add him. Syndergaard was placed on the injured list following a hamstring strain during his start on Saturday and is expected to miss one or two starts.