Mets' Syndergaard confirms 'pretty insignificant' bone spur
New York Mets catcher Travis d'Arnaud, left, talks with starting pitcher Noah Syndergaard during the first inning of a baseball game against the Washington Nationals, Monday, June 27, 2016, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
WASHINGTON (AP) Mets pitcher Noah Syndergaard has cleared up some questions about the status of his elbow, acknowledging he has a bone spur but calling it ''pretty insignificant.''
Speaking before New York's game against the Washington Nationals on Wednesday night, Syndergaard said he's being treated with anti-inflammatories.
Syndergaard (8-3) struggled Monday night in Washington, squandering a 4-0 lead in a loss that ended his six-game winning streak. He lasted only three innings while giving up five runs and three walks, both season highs.
Asked after the game about reports indicating he has a bone spur, the right-hander said he was fine and insisted his elbow wasn't the cause of his shaky performance. He reiterated Wednesday that the poor results were due to his mechanics.
In his previous outing last week, Syndergaard beat Kansas City but was pulled after six innings because his elbow flared up, manager Terry Collins said. Syndergaard had an MRI between starts that showed no structural damage, the Mets said.
Fellow Mets starter Steven Matz also is dealing with a bone spur in his pitching elbow. The left-hander had his scheduled start pushed back from Wednesday to Thursday this week.