Noah Syndergaard reportedly pitching with bone spur, trying to avoid season-ending surgery

The New York Mets’ hard-throwing starting staff could be losing one of its key contributors. Noah Syndergaard has a bone spur in his throwing elbow and is attempting to avoid season-ending surgery, the New York Daily News reported Monday.

Syndergaard was roughed up Monday night against the Nationals, allowing a season-high five earned runs and seven hits in three innings. The hard-throwing righty cut short his previous outing June 22 against the Royals after complaining about discomfort in his throwing elbow.

An MRI showed no structural damage to his elbow, but it was the second time in two months Syndergaard had an MRI on the elbow.

After Monday’s rough outing, Syndergaard denied the report, saying his elbow felt fine.

Syndergaard has been stellar this season, posting an 8-3 record with a 2.49 ERA and 115 strikeouts in 94 innings. The Mets fell to 3.5 games behind the Nationals for the NL East lead after Monday’s loss.