Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

Matz Headed to DL; Will Undergo Elbow Surgery

Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

Matz Headed to DL; Will Undergo Elbow Surgery

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NEW YORK -- Steven Matz's rough season has come to an early end.

The lefty will undergo surgery to reposition the ulnar nerve in his left elbow to eliminate irritation.

The surgery will be scheduled in the next several days, and Matz will be placed on the disabled list with Tommy Milone starting in his place Tuesday against Arizona.

"It's tough," Matz said after the Mets' 3-2 loss to the Diamondbacks in 10 innings.

"But I've talked to some guys who had this procedure done before and they came back feeling good and it solved the problem. I'm happy there is an answer to it."

Matz's issues trace back to spring training with the lefty revealing after Monday's game he's struggled to bounce back between starts and work on when he needed to.

There were times when Matz skipped bullpen sessions between starts, and he took anti-inflammatory medication to help him make his starts.

During spring training, the southpaw experienced left elbow inflammation/strained flexor that landed him on the disabled list before he debuted in early June.

While Matz had undergone a previous MRI, it did not reveal that there was any nerve problems. Monday, he went for an examination that included another MRI and CT scan of his left elbow, and also underwent a nerve test to see if there was any issue.

Matz was diagnosed with irritation of the ulnar nerve, and surgery was recommended. He added that he did not feel any numbness in his fingers, and wondered if the discomfort was due to undergoing surgery to remove a bone spur last October.

"I felt like it wasn't really affecting me, even coming back, and it kind of just stayed the same," Matz said. "It was working with the trainers and we were feeling good enough to go out there every fifth day. It wasn't like I couldn't throw. It's a tough call."

Matz kept taking the ball even as his elbow did not feel 100 percent, and the results were poor. …

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