Mets taking cautious approach with pitching staff

New York Mets starting pitcher Noah Syndergaard throws against the Los Angeles Dodgers during the first inning of a baseball game in Los Angeles, Wednesday, May 11, 2016. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)
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LOS ANGELES (AP) Noah Syndergaard's recent visit to a doctor to have his right elbow examined revealed nothing, much to the New York Mets' relief.

The right-hander had complained of elbow stiffness after his May 1 start at San Francisco, a potentially worrisome situation to a team with one of baseball's best rotations. Turns out, Syndergaard got a clean bill of health.

Mets assistant general manager John Ricco said Thursday that Syndergaard has felt fine since and the team was only being cautious. He made his next two starts, including Wednesday night, when he homered twice in the Mets' 4-3 victory.

The team placed infielder Wilmer Flores on the 15-day DL retroactive to Wednesday with a strained left hamstring and recalled left-hander Sean Gilmartin from Triple-A Las Vegas. Flores was sent back to New York.