Heyman | Steven Matz received multiple shots - surgery recommended

Lynette Rowe
August 22, 2017

While Collins did not list a specific injury, New York Daily News reported the club fears Matz is dealing with an arthritic left elbow. Surgery was recommended to reposition the nerve and relieve the irritation, a similar procedure to the one teammate Jacob deGrom had a year ago.

Before the Mets' game on Monday against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Citi Field, Mets Manager Terry Collins said that Matz would most likely be placed on the disabled list and would miss his scheduled start Tuesday.

The source said Matz's condition may be similar to what Jacob deGrom experienced last summer, when his performance mysteriously nosedived before he underwent surgery to reposition the ulnar nerve in his right elbow. The 26-year-old had a shot on Monday and could be in need of surgery.

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Matz has been a mess all season, posting a 6.08 ERA in 13 starts. But he has not been himself over the last month and a half and has seen is ERA rise to 6.08.

Seth Lugo also is sidelined, and another reinforcement, rookie Robert Gsellman, recently returned from a long stint on the DL due to a hamstring injury. Tommy Milone will start instead. His 2016 season was cut short by shoulder tightness and another elbow operation to remove bone spurs.

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