LOS ANGELES — Mets manager Terry Collins was coming to the close of his postgame interview Wednesday night in a hallway at Dodger Stadium when he dropped a potentially alarming bit of news.
RHP Noah Syndergaard, who had just pitched an excellent game over eight innings and had homered twice, had his right elbow examined two weeks ago, Collins said. Collins said he only recently discovered that Syndergaard saw a doctor about his elbow and did not elaborate on the reason.
Syndergaard, one of the few Mets pitchers in the starting rotation who has not had Tommy John surgery, said he did not have any pain or tightness when he went to see the doctor, but he would not say more.
When asked what prompted the visit, he said: "Nothing really. Just all precautionary."
There is nothing in Syndergaard's recent use to suggest he has a serious problem. On April 25, he threw 107 pitches in a win over the Reds. Since then, he has taken the ball on his regular turn, throwing 98, 97 and 95 pitches in his past three outings. He has also been throwing as hard as usual, regularly hitting 100 mph on the radar gun.
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ROYALS: RHPs Chris Young and Kris Medlen went on the disabled list. Young has a strained right forearm, and Meden has right rotator cuff inflammation.
YANKEES: DH Alex Rodriguez, out since May 4 with a strained right hamstring, did light running drills.