Steven Matz To Undergo Elbow Surgery, Miss Rest Of Season

MIAMI (CBSNewYork) — Add Steven Matz to the list of Mets who have had their season cut short by injuries.

The Mets announced Tuesday that the 25-year-old left-hander, who has been battling elbow and shoulder issues, will not pitch again in 2016.

Matz will undergo surgery next week to remove a bone spur in his pitching elbow.

Matz, who pitched for much of the season with the spur, has not played since Aug. 14 because of another arm issue — a shoulder impingement.

No surgery is required for the shoulder, the team said. Matz is expected to return for spring training in 2017.

Steven Matz

Mets starter Steven Matz watches as a ball hit by Arizona’s Paul Goldschmidt clears the wall for a home run during the sixth inning at Citi Field on Aug. 9, 2016. (Photo by Rich Schultz/Getty Images)

The Mets had hoped Matz would return to the rotation last Friday, but he was scratched after experiencing soreness in his left shoulder a day after pitching a bullpen session at Citi Field.

He initially was penciled in to return Sept. 1, but was nixed then after feeling discomfort when playing catch a day after he threw off a mound.

He was 9-8 with a 3.40 ERA in 22 starts this season.

Of the five starting pitchers in the Mets’ rotation at the start of the season, three have suffered season-ending injuries. Matt Harvey has been out since early July after undergoing surgery for thoracic outlet syndrome. Jacob deGrom was placed on the DL earlier this month because of an injury to the ulnar nerve in his right elbow.

The Mets also lost starting third baseman David Wright (neck) and second baseman Neil Walker (back) for the season. And Zack Wheeler, who underwent Tommy John surgery last season, will not return this year.


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