Mickey Callaway says it is "likely" that Noah Syndergaard will pitch to catcher Wilson Ramos on Friday.
The New York Post reported Monday that Syndergaard and his agents have lobbied to let the right-hander pitch to backups Tomas Nido or Rene Rivera.
Callaway says he'll set the lineup that is best for the New York Mets.
"That's something that's a likely possibility," the manager said. "I wouldn't just go ahead and print that he's catching that day, because anything can happen.
"But Noah obviously understands at this point that whoever is in the lineup, he's going to go ahead and compete."
Syndergaard has a 5.09 ERA in 15 starts with Ramos as his catcher and a 2.22 ERA with Nido or Rivera.