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Noah Syndergaard remains on track to start against Nationals

ATLANTA -- New York Mets right-hander Noah Syndergaard will proceed with Monday's start against the Washington Nationals in D.C. despite departing his previous outing with discomfort in the back of his right elbow, manager Terry Collins said Thursday afternoon.

Team doctors detected no structural damage during an exam late Wednesday at the Hospital for Special Surgery in Manhattan, assistant general manager John Ricco said. Syndergaard was prescribed anti-inflammatory medication.

Syndergaard departed after six innings Wednesday after telling Collins he had discomfort.

Syndergaard was traveling late Thursday afternoon to Atlanta to rejoin the team.

"As we've talked about in the past, when we hear something like that, especially when we're at home, we're going to get it looked at," Ricco said. "It ended up being something similar to what we had a couple of months ago with him where he said it didn't feel quite right. So we had Dr. [David] Altchek take a look, get an MRI, just to make sure everything structurally was OK. And that was the case. They just put him on some new medication and he's been cleared to pitch."

Ricco added that this is not Syndergaard being a chronic complainer. Syndergaard also was examined in early May for elbow discomfort.

"You have a guy who is pretty in tune with his body, and we're telling them to let us know if anything is going on," Ricco said. "If you have veteran guys, they kind of know the rigors of the season and know what's normal soreness, what's not. With the younger guys, we've been telling them: 'Be forthcoming.' That's why I think a lot of this is coming from us as opposed to him. I don't want to paint him as a guy who every minute is, 'Oh, this hurts. That hurts.' Because he's not that at all. We're pretty adamant about him letting us know what's going on. And once we hear anything like that, we're going to have it checked out."