Thor won’t be going under the knife.
New York Mets ace Noah Syndergaard will not require offseason surgery to remove a bone spur that was discovered in his right elbow during the season, general manager Sandy Alderson said at the GM meetings Tuesday. Team doctors, according to Alderson, came to the conclusion that the spur was not big enough to warrant surgery.
“I think this one is so insignificant in the eyes of the physicians,” Alderson told reporters, according to ESPN’s Adam Rubin. “It was probably blown a little bit out of proportion last year, which tends to happen around the Mets.
“It’s not necessary. It’s not significant enough.”
The Mets believe the spur is so minor that it won’t affect him whatsoever once spring training rolls around; it also won’t hurt his chances to pitch for Team USA in the World Baseball Classic, according to Rubin.
Syndergaard’s spur was first discovered after he left a start in late June; upon diagnosis, the spur was played down by the team in a similar manner. They were proven right when the 24-year-old took a breather and missed the All-Star Game due to the problem before returning to complete a stellar campaign down the stretch and throw eight scoreless innings in the NL wild-card game.
Although there’s always a chance the spur could cause harm to Syndergaard’s arm down the road, Alderson doesn’t anticipate the issue will rear its head again in 2017.
“The short answer is ‘no,'” Alderson said. “But anything can happen at any time with pitchers. We’ve learned that over the last couple of years.
“We’ve been told it’s not something we should be concerned about either going into the season or during the course of the season.”