On Monday, it was reported that Mets starter Steven Matz is dealing with a bone spur in his left elbow. Matz’s rotation mate, Noah Syndergaard, is reportedly dealing with a bone spur in his right elbow, per Marc Carig of Newsday. Carig confirms reports from Kristie Ackert of the New York Daily News and Mike Puma of the New York Post.
Syndergaard, however, denied that he has bone spurs, bone chips, or any structural damage, Andrew Beaton of the Wall Street Journal reports. The right-hander complained of elbow discomfort last week, but an MRI revealed no structural damage.
Why is there confusion between what Syndergaard says and what the media is reporting? Carig offers some insight:
Matz could require surgery after the season, and the same could be true of Syndergaard.
Syndergaard made his scheduled start on Monday against the Nationals, but lasted only three innings, serving up five runs on seven hits and three walks with five strikeouts. He’s currently holding a 2.49 ERA with a 115/15 K/BB ratio in 94 innings.