New York Mets starter Steven Matz is reportedly heading to the disabled list—again.
— 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.