DeGrom opts for surgery on nerve

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Mets right-han­der Jacob deGrom will un­dergo season-end­ing surgery later this week to ad­dress a nerve is­sue in his pitch­ing el­bow.

Doc­tors will move the ul­nar nerve, which had been caus­ing in­ter­mit­tent el­bow dis­com­fort as well as fin­ger numb­ness.

DeGrom ex­pects a three­month re­cov­ery time from the pro­ce­dure and to be ready for spring train­ing. He con­sulted with Hall of Famer John Smoltz, who un­der­went the same pro­ce­dure dur­ing his play­ing ca­reer.

DeGrom went 7-8 with a 3.04 ERA in 24 starts this season. He last ap­peared on Sept. 1.

DeGrom will be one of four Mets starters try­ing to work back from surgery dur­ing spring train­ing. Matt Har­vey un­der­went surgery in July to re­move a rib and re­lieve tho­racic out­let syn­drome, while Zack Wheeler still is work­ing back from com­pli­ca­tions from Tommy John surgery, which was per­formed in March 2015.

Steven Matz, side­lined since Aug. 14 with a shoul­der im­pinge­ment, is due to have a bone spur re­moved from his pitch­ing el­bow after the season. How­ever, he is sched­uled to re­join the Mets on Wed­nes­day and throw a bullpen ses­sion for team staff.

Matz is a con­sid­er­a­tion for Fri­day’s start against the Phillies, but man­ager Terry Collins in­di­cated that Matz must first demon­strate his readi­ness by show­ing bet­ter sharp­ness with his sec­ondary pitches than he did in his last bullpen ses­sion at the team’s com­plex in Port St. Lucie, Fla.

Collins also ques­tioned the wis­dom of start­ing Matz if he will be capped at 50 pitches any­way.

“We’ve got to win games,” said Collins, whose team is locked in a three-way race for two wild-card spots.

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