Just hours after we learned that Mets left-handed pitcher Steven Matz was dealing with a bone spur in his pitching elbow, the Daily News reported that Noah Syndergaard has a similar issue in his throwing arm. The tall right-hander struggled in Monday night’s start against Washington, giving up five runs on seven hits in just three innings with five strikeouts and an uncharacteristic three walks.
After the game, Syndergaard said that his arm feels good and that there’s nothing structurally wrong with it. The Mets have since confirmed the report saying he has a bone spur in his right elbow.
"There's nothing structurally wrong with my elbow at all. Sometimes a little wear and tear will do that to you. Right now my arm feels really good and I've just got to be ready to go in five days."
While surgery to correct the problem for Matz and Syndergaard would be season-ending if it occurred today, both pitchers can continue to work through their injuries if they can handle the occasional pain that the bone spurs might cause.
However, it’s possible that the two young hurlers are already seeing their performance on the mound affected by their injuries. Syndergaard had to leave his June 22 start with elbow discomfort before getting shelled last night, while Matz has a 5.91 ERA in four June starts.