General Manager Sandy Alderson revealed some good news regarding two of the Mets young aces prior to tonight’s game.
Left-hander Steven Matz’s left elbow/forearm was deemed structurally sound, as tests revealed no ligament damage after visiting doctors at the Hospital for Special Surgery in New York yesterday. Matz received a cortisone injection by doctors and is expected to throw a bullpen session tomorrow, with his next start coming on Friday night against the Milwaukee Brewers. Matz originally felt discomfort in his left arm last week and had his start skipped on Saturday as a precaution. Matz was originally scheduled to start this Thursday as well, but his start will be pushed back a day to give him extra time to heal. All in all it’s great news for Matz, as any injury revolving around the elbow or forearm of the pitching arm is usually never good news. Matz and the Mets have avoided any serious injury that may have been in the back of everyone person’s mind leading up to today. Hopefully the long layoff does not throw Matz off his recent groove, as he had ten days between his last spring training start and his first start of the regular season in April and we saw how that ended.
Zack Wheeler also is still scheduled to make his season debut on July 1st for the Mets, despite having a procedure in April to remove a stitch that never dissolved in his surgically repaired elbow. Alderson believes that Wheeler can’t afford to have any other setbacks in his schedule to make the July 1st date, but the way things are looking right now he’s on the right track.