Syndergaard pitched through the issue for most of the season but it only seemed to really hamper him on a few occasions. And he finished the season incredibly well, allowing two earned runs or less in seven of his last eight regular season starts.
In the Wild Card game against the Giants, Syndergaard was otherworldly, tossing seven shutout innings while allowing two hits, walking three, and striking out 10.
While bone spur surgery is relatively minor, any surgery is best avoided, so this is great news.
Beyond them will be Robert Gsellman, Seth Lugo, and hopefully Zack Wheeler — who will be two years removed from Tommy John surgery.
If everyone is healthy, each game in 2017 should be an event. There would be three legitimate ace-level pitchers (Syndergaard, Harvey, deGrom), one who has proven to be a terrific No. 2 starter when healthy (Matz), and of course the ageless wonder, Bartolo.