Jacob deGrom to undergo season-ending elbow surgery

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ESPN’s Adam Rubin reports that Mets starter Jacob deGrom will undergo surgery later this week to address the ulnar nerve in his right elbow. He’s expected to need three months to recover.

deGrom has had a great season, owning a 3.04 ERA and a 143/36 K/BB ratio in 148 innings. The elbow started to become bothersome in mid-August, however. He was unable to make it past the fifth inning in his previous three starts and he gave up 16 earned runs over 14 2/3 innings.

It’s rough but not unexpected news for the Mets, who are one game up on the Giants and Cardinals for the first Wild Card slot in the National League. Their current top-three includes Noah Syndergaard, Bartolo Colon, and Seth Lugo.

Rays moving spring camp due to damage caused by hurricane

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ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. – The Tampa Bay Rays are relocating their spring base for 2023 due to extensive damage to team training facilities caused by Hurricane Ian.

The Rays have trained since 2009 in Port Charlotte, Florida, about 90 minutes south of St. Petersburg, and intend to explore several options before making a decision on where to hold spring training and play Grapefruit League games when camp opens.

The team and Charlotte County released a joint statement Thursday, saying damage to Charlotte Sports Park in Port Charlotte can’t be repaired in time to host games this winter.

“Charlotte County supports the Rays efforts to secure alternative accommodations for 2023 spring training,” the statement said.

“We are all disappointed for the residents of Charlotte County and the fans there. The community is in the thoughts and hearts of the Rays, and the team will continue to support recovery efforts,” the statement added. “The Rays and Charlotte County intend to develop a restoration plan for Charlotte Sports Park in the coming weeks.”