New York Mets starter Steven Matz is reportedly heading to the disabled list—again.
This shouldn’t come as a surprise to anyone. Staying healthy hasn’t been Steven Matz‘s thing…ever. Nobody’s blaming Matz for being injury prone, of course. To do that would be crazy.
It’s hard not to feel for the guy, who Kristie Ackert of the New York Daily News reports is likely headed to the disabled list with…something.
— NY Daily News Sports (@NYDNSports) August 21, 2017
Team sources, however, told Ackert that “the team is concerned that Matz is dealing with an arthritic left elbow. He received a shot in the elbow on Monday.” That’s something, alright.
Sure, this elbow issue could explain why he’s been so ineffective this season. Over 13 starts, he’s pitched to a 6.08 ERA and 1.53 WHIP. Opponents are hitting a robust .305 with a .860 OPS against him.
But this is a reason for concern.
Since being drafted by the team in the second round of the 2009 MLB Draft, Matz has cracked the 100-inning mark only three times. While he’s still young, there’s no possible way the Mets can count on him ever being able to make 30-plus starts a year.
Veteran journeyman Tommy Milone (0-2, 10.50 ERA) is expected to take Matz’s place Tuesday night against Arizona.