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Noah Syndergaard quietly had elbow checked after May 1 start

LOS ANGELES -- New York Mets manager Terry Collins acknowledged late Wednesday that Noah Syndergaard quietly had his elbow examined early this month.

Syndergaard would describe the visit to the Hospital for Special Surgery only as "just all precautionary." It came on May 2, a day after he allowed four runs in 5⅔ innings against the San Francisco Giants.

Syndergaard uneventfully proceeded with his next start in San Diego. He showed no ill effects while logging eight innings (and homering twice) in a 4-2 win against the Los Angeles Dodgers on Wednesday, again on standard rest.

Collins had been asked by ESPN.com on May 2 about Syndergaard visiting the Hospital for Special Surgery that day, but the manager said at the time that he had no knowledge of it. Collins said late Wednesday that he was not aware of the medical visit at that time.

The manager felt compelled to reveal the nine-day-old medical visit Wednesday in response to a question about pulling Syndergaard after 95 pitches. Collins said there was no sense taking any chances with Syndergaard given that medical visit. The manager also cited rotation mate Steven Matz being scratched from Saturday's start in Colorado with left forearm discomfort.

"Two weeks ago … unbeknownst to me, he went and had his elbow looked at," Collins said about Syndergaard. "So for 15 more pitches, no, it didn't even cross my mind. We can talk about this young pitching all we want. We're not going to hurt these guys for 15 more pitches in a game that's 4-2. If it was 4-0, he's going for a shutout, or he's going for a no-hitter, or if he's going for 21 strikeouts, I might let him go 10 or 12 more pitches. But not in a game like tonight."