DeGrom opts for surgery on nerve
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.