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Mets pitcher Jacob deGrom out for rest of season due to elbow injury

NEW YORK — New York Mets pitcher Jacob deGrom will be out for the rest of the season because of a nerve injury in his right elbow, the team announced Saturday.

DeGrom was slated to start in Sunday’s game, but has since been removed from the lineup.

DeGrom has been out since Sept. 1 after experiencing elbow pain in a start against Miami. He felt fine while throwing a bullpen Friday, then had pain while lobbing a baseball in from the outfield during batting practice about 15 minutes later.

The Mets said he will most likely undergo surgery to repair an ulnar nerve in his elbow, but the 2014 NL Rookie of the Year has not decided whether he will wait until the end of the season to have it.

The recovery time for the surgery is expected to be three months.

Gabriel Ynoa will start Sunday against Minnesota, and manager Terry Collins says he expects to use his bullpen to cover a lot of innings.

DeGrom has not issued a statement yet since the announcement was made.