The New York Mets injuries continue to linger as it appears that Steven Matz will miss multiple starts and there is no date for his return.
New York Mets starting pitcher Steven Matz has been sidelined with a flexor-pronator strain in his left forearm causing him to miss one start already. It appears now that he will miss multiple starts as Corey Oswalt is scheduled to take the mound against the Florida Marlins on Saturday. This change in starting pitching confirms Matz will not come off the DL when he is eligible to.
Anthony DiComo of MLB.com reported on Tuesday that Mets manager Mickey Callaway said that Matz “is going to progress and keep on progressing.”
Callaway did not give a timetable or any idea when Matz would pitch again. The news comes following a 15-pitch bullpen session Matz threw on Monday. The lefty is 5-9 with a 4.35 ERA in 21 starts this season.
Matz has been on the DL since Aug. 1 following a game against the Washington Nationals where he allowed seven runs in just 2/3 of an inning. Matz had been dealing with what he feels was a ‘dead arm” for a few weeks up to that point.
Unfortunately, the arm injuries are a theme of Matz’s career. The 27-year-old had surgery on his pitching elbow last August and also had Tommy John surgery in his past, having undergone the procedure in May of 2010.
Corey Oswalt, who is 1-1 with a 3.81 ERA over his last five outings, now gets another opportunity to show what he can do for a team that always seems to have pitching injuries.