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Mets injury update: Steven Matz to have surgery for ulnar nerve irritation

The lefty was ineffective this year, and now his season is over.

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The Mets have announced that Steven Matz will undergo surgery to address ulnar nerve irritation, a procedure that will be scheduled in the next few days and obviously end Matz’s season. The issue in his elbow is the same on that forced Jacob deGrom to undergo surgery late in the 2016 season.

In thirteen starts this year, Matz didn’t pitch nearly as well as he had in the past. He threw just 66.2 innings with 6.48 strikeouts per nine, 2.57 walks per nine, and a 6.08 ERA and 5.03 FIP. Unfortunately, though, Matz is no stranger to injury, as he’s had a variety of things come up over the course of his professional career. Last year, he had surgery to remove a bone spur in his pitching elbow, and he had Tommy John surgery not long after he was drafted by the Mets in 2009. He did not make his professional debut until the 2012 season.