New York Mets' Steven Matz Can Return Friday: 'I Feel Really Good'
Mark J. Rebilas, USATSI

New York Mets SP Steven Matz tossed a 20-pitch bullpen session on Wednesday and threw a 30-pitch bullpen session on Saturday.

Monday marked the beginning of Tim Tebow‘s workout with the New York Mets. But outside of a former NFL quarterback attempting to avoid the stigma of Michael Jordan‘s baseball career, Steven Matz is rehabilitating and is making excellent progress.

After shutting down Jacob deGrom for the season, the Mets were left questioning their potential to make a deep run in 2016 should they make the playoffs. The Mets currently have two starting pitchers left from the group of five who started the season. Only one of their four aces from 2015 is left.

In addition to the injured pitching staff, the Mets had already shut down guys like David Wright, Neil Walker and Juan Lagares.

Fortunately, there is a silver lining: Steven Matz tossed a 20-pitch bullpen session on Wednesday and threw a 30-pitch bullpen session on Saturday said Terry Collins before the Mets 3-2 victory over the Minnesota Twins, according to Anthony Rieber of Newsday.

According to Matz, the next step in his recovery is tossing a bullpen session Wednesday, and if everything checks out then he could potentially face a limited start against the Phillies that Friday.

Much-Needed Help:

If you’re a Met fan reading “I’m throwing, I’m throwing off the mound. I feel good. I feel really good,” then you should feel better than Matz’s arm.

Some insurance is more than needed if the Mets are going to continue their push for the post-season. Sure, they can win a Wild Card game as they stand, but with the current depletion in the starting pitching category, the Mets would struggle mightily in an NLDS series.

It goes without saying that having Steven Matz back in the lineup would benefit the team greatly. Having Matz back, plus welcoming back Duda yesterday, will not only provide the fans confidence, but the club more hope going forward.

The Mets are on fire at just the right time, and, hopefully, they’ll be just as healthy come the end of September.

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