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Morning Briefing: Mets catch Giants for top wild-card spot

NEW YORK -- The New York Mets will use their 11th different starting pitcher of the season on Sunday.

Gabriel Ynoa gets his first major-league start in place of scratched Jacob deGrom.

Ynoa (1-0, 15.19 ERA) opposes Minnesota Twins right-hander Kyle Gibson (6-9, 5.08) in the 1:10 p.m. ET series finale as the Mets aim for the three-game sweep.

The Mets are now tied with the San Francisco Giants for the top wild-card spot, with the St. Louis Cardinals two games back. St. Louis rallied with two runs in the ninth to beat the Giants, 3-2, late Saturday.

SUNDAY’S NEWS REPORTS:

  • DeGrom likely will undergo season-ending surgery to address an ulnar nerve issue in his pitching elbow. DeGrom disclosed that he had been pitching with numbness in his ring and pinkie fingers in his last several starts. The procedure, which might involve relocating the nerve, requires a three- or four-month recovery period. DeGrom expects to be ready for spring training. The Mets have now lost Matt Harvey, Zack Wheeler and deGrom for the season, while Steven Matz continues to try to work back from a shoulder impingement. Matz threw another bullpen session on Saturday in Port St. Lucie. Read more in the Post, Daily News, Times, Newsday, Record and at NJ.com and MLB.com.

  • Curtis Granderson had solo homers in the 11th and 12th innings as the Mets beat the Twins, 3-2, on Saturday. The Mets (79-69) moved a season-high 10 games over .500. The two homers by Granderson gave the Mets 201 long balls in 2016. That's the most in franchise history in a single season, surpassing the 200 produced in 2006. Granderson became the first player in franchise history with two extra-inning homers in the same game. Byron Buxton had delivered a leadoff homer against Hansel Robles in the top of the 11th as the Twins took a 2-1 lead. After Ervin Santana tossed seven scoreless innings, Yoenis Cespedes plated Jose Reyes with a game-tying single against Ryan Pressly in the eighth. The Twins decided to pitch to Cespedes despite first base being open. Eddie Rosario's solo homer against Seth Lugo in the fourth had accounted for the game’s lone run until Cespedes tied it. Read game recaps in the Post, Daily News, Newsday, Record and at NJ.com and MLB.com.

  • Lucas Duda was activated from the 60-day disabled list before Saturday's game. Because Duda only had been taking batting practice in Port St. Lucie because no minor-league games were available, he likely will be limited to pinch-hitting duty for the time being. The Mets shifted Jonathon Niese to the 60-day DL to clear the 40-man roster spot for Duda, who last appeared in a game on May 20. The transaction all but officially ends Niese's second tour of duty with the Mets, since the club is expected to decline a $10 million option for 2017. Read more in the Daily News, Newsday and at MLB.com.

  • Wilmer Flores reported improvement with his troublesome right wrist, but he remained unable to swing a bat on Saturday. Flores suffered the injury, as well as a jolt to his neck, in a Sept. 10 plate collision with A.J. Pierzynski in Atlanta.

  • Tim Tebow reports to Port St. Lucie on Sunday. He is slated to participate in his first instructional league workout on Monday. Read more from Anthony Rieber in Newsday, Lloyd Carroll in the Queens Chronicle and in the Daily News.

  • Former Mets general manager Jim Duquette at MLB.com lists the Mets, Yankees and Indians as likely suitors for Cespedes this offseason assuming he opts out of his existing contract.

  • The Mets named outfielder Brandon Nimmo and shortstop Amed Rosario the organization's co-minor league players of the year, while Irish-born left-hander P.J. Conlon has been named pitcher of the year. The individual level award winners were T.J. Rivera (Las Vegas), Dominic Smith and Phillip Evans (Binghamton), Tomas Nido (St. Lucie), David Thompson (Columbia), Thomas Szapucki (Kingsport), Desmond Lindsay (Brooklyn), Carlos Sanchez (Gulf Coast League) and Raul Beracierta and Andres Gimenez (Dominican Summer League).

  • Columnist Joel Sherman in the Post dissects the playoff implications of deGrom's season-ending surgery. Writes Davidoff: "The Mets may be able to hold onto a wild-card spot without deGrom, considering how soft their schedule is the rest of the year and that they just have to beat out the Cardinals or Giants, and neither exactly has performed like a powerhouse. But the most logical way for the Mets to make a significant playoff run -- to win a wild-card game then find a way to upend the super Cubs in a division series -- was with deGrom and Steven Matz getting healthy and effective and for the rotation to be a force, as it was in the march to the World Series last year." Read more on the impact from columnist John Harper in the Daily News.

  • From the bloggers ... Mets Report wonders about deGrom's handling.

BIRTHDAYS: Roger Mason turns 59.

TWEET OF THE DAY:

YOU’RE UP: If the Mets recently announced deGrom had forearm inflammation and he actually had an ulnar nerve issue, can you trust you're receiving accurate information from them on injuries in general?