Mets lefty Matz has bone spur in elbow, start pushed back

New York Mets starting pitcher Steven Matz waits on the mound to be relieved in the fifth inning of a baseball game against the Atlanta Braves, Friday, June 24, 2016, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)
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WASHINGTON (AP) New York Mets pitcher Steven Matz has a bone spur in his left elbow and will have his next start pushed back from Wednesday to Thursday.

Mets general manager Sandy Alderson says the 25-year-old lefty will continue pitching through the bone spur because doctors have assured the team he cannot do damage to it. The decision to push him back to face the Cubs was made to give him a day of extra rest and medication.

If Matz were to undergo surgery to remove the spur, it would keep him out three months, Alderson said Tuesday.

Matz is 7-3 with a 3.29 ERA in 13 starts this season.

Logan Verrett will start in the series finale against the Washington Nationals on Wednesday.

Right-hander Noah Syndergaard is also dealing with a bone spur in his pitching elbow but has less discomfort than Matz, Alderson said.