Anthony Recker has bone spur in elbow

NEW YORK -- New York Mets backup catcher Anthony Recker has been diagnosed with a bone spur in the back of his right elbow, the team announced Wednesday.

Recker will continue to play with the issue, including getting a start Thursday against the Atlanta Braves. He may have the spur removed at the end of the season, although Recker suspects that may not even be necessary.

"I think we’ll kind of just wait until the end of the year and see what it looks like then,” Recker said. “But, for now, I’m not worried about it.”

Recker is 0-for-3 this season but has walked four times.

He said he awoke with elbow stiffness a couple of weeks ago due to inflammation. He thinks the issue may have arisen from a chip breaking off a preexisting bone spur, although he cannot pinpoint a moment when he felt something occur.

“It got a little bit progressively worse, but it’s not to the point where I can’t play,” Recker said.

Recker said he welcomed opposing teams trying to take advantage of the spur by trying to steal on him. He suggested the elbow bothers him at the plate and not so much throwing.

“He’d have to lose half his arm for him to miss a game,” manager Terry Collins said.