Steven Matz threw a 20-pitch bullpen session yesterday, and the expectation was he would take the mound for tomorrow evening’s game against the Philadelphia Phillies. That no longer will be the case as Matz reportedly had told trainers earlier today that his shoulder was sore, and was immediately scratched from his scheduled start.
At this point there is no timetable on when or if Matz will take the mound again for the Mets this season. Matz has not pitched since August 14 due to a shoulder strain and he has had difficulty making it back to the starting rotation. The 25-year old lefty is also dealing with a bone chip in his throwing elbow.
It may be in the Mets best interest to just shut Matz down for the rest of the season. He is already dealing with two injuries and there is no point in rushing him back if he is not healthy enough to pitch. The risk heavily outweighs the reward, especially this season with the way injuries have dismantled this team.The Mets were only counting on the rookie left-hander to throw around 50 pitches tomorrow night, which means he may be limited to a low pitch count if and when he returns. Collins has also already deemed Matz shoulder situation delicate, and there is no need to take any chances with him at this point in the season. Collins also stated that an arm strengthening program is needed this offseason for the young lefty.
Gabriel Ynoa will fill in as the starter for tomorrow night’s game after displaying a promising effort on Sunday afternoon in his first career start against the Minnesota Twins. I think the Mets and fans alike have already accepted the fact that the team will roll with the “Metsfits” (Seth Lugo and Robert Gsellman) if they make it to the NLDS. We may be looking at the second coming of the “Miracle Mets” if this team is able to put together any kind of postseason run.
The Mets announced some troubling news this afternoon as Steven Matz has had a setback with his shoulder strain and will no longer pitch Thursday night. At this point the Mets are hopeful that Matz will resume throwing eventually and pitch next week, but manager Terry Collins is not as optimistic. There certainly is a fear from Collins that Matz may not pitch for the rest of the season with this latest setback. Matz had told reporters that an MRI of his shoulder revealed no structural damage but did show irritation of his rotator cuff. Jacob deGrom will move up a day from his scheduled start on Friday, and pitch in Matz’s place on Thursday. Matz has not pitched since August 14th when he one-hit the San Diego Padres through 7.1 innings of work.
Collins also expressed a lot of concern for Neil Walker and his back issue, as Walker is out of the starting lineup for the third straight game. Collins suggested that Walker will have to manage his injury from here on out if he wants any shot of playing down the stretch, and it could be a real possibility the second baseman could be lost for the season. It’s certainly frustrating news which seems to come once a day from the Mets, as Walker has clearly been the Mets second best offensive player this season. Even if Walker is able to play down the stretch, the way Collins made his injury sound, he may not be an everyday player. The 30-year old second baseman was slashing .389 with six home runs and ten RBIs in 18 games during the month of August.
In unrelated news the Mets demoted pitcher Rafael Montero to Double-A Binghamton, and recalled right-handed pitcher Logan Verrett from Triple-A Las Vegas. It’s a bit surprising that the Mets brought up another pitcher instead of opting for depth on a thin bench. Verrett will provide the Mets with a fresh arm out of the bullpen. The 26-year old right-hander has produced a 3-8 record with a 5.36 ERA in 85.2 innings pitched at the MLB level this season.
There has been a report today by MLB insider Jon Heyman that Steven Matz was diagnosed with a mild shoulder strain and rotator cuff irritation after meeting with team doctors in New York today. This surely means that Matz will not make his next scheduled start on Thursday against the St. Louis Cardinals in a critical series with postseason implications.
The most likely scenario at this point is that Matz is sent to the 15-day DL as he already would have missed two starts due to his shoulder woes. Seth Lugo is on the odds on favorite to get the start Thursday night for the Mets. The 26-year old Lugo threw 6.2 innings of three run ball despite taking the loss against the San Francisco Giants on Friday night.
Matz who is already pitching with a bone spur in his left elbow, took a no-hitter into the eighth inning, on 105 pitches against the San Diego Padres in his last start on August 14th. The 25-year old left-hander has always been labeled with injury concerns, and it is a disappointing development for both him and the Mets, as the Mets can’t seem to shake injuries to their roster this season. There is no timetable as to how long Matz will be out, but at the minimum we shouldn’t expect to see him for a couple of turns through the rotation.
Matz had posted a 9-8 record with a 3.40 and 129 strikeouts in 132.1 innings this season.
*(UPDATE: 4:00 PM CT)*: MLB Insider Ken Rosenthal is reporting that the New York Mets will recall right-handed pitcher Robert Gsellman in a corresponding move. According to Rosenthal the plan is for Gsellman to pitch out of the bullpen for the Mets initially. The 23-year old pitcher was scratched from his start in Las Vegas today which suggested he may be heading to St. Louis to join the big league club.
Gsellman is ranked 14th by MLB.com in the Mets farm system and he has posted a combined 4-9 record with a 3.99 ERA and a 88/31 K/BB split in 20 combined starts between Double-A and Triple-A.
The injury toll continues to add for the Mets this season. Starting pitcher Steven Matz has been scratched from his start tonight against the San Francisco Giants with a shoulder injury. Matz reportedly has been dealing with shoulder discomfort in his pitching arm but he believes the issue is nothing serious. The hope is that he will only miss one turn in the rotation.
“I was throwing on flat ground and I felt a little twinge in my shoulder,” Matz stated after last night’s defeat. “It was bothering me a little bit. And then, next day, I was throwing and I was still feeling it, so I didn’t throw my bullpen, hoping it would get better. I was just kind of taking it day by day. There’s some discomfort in there. I think you go through stuff all the time throughout a season, but it didn’t respond the way I’d like it to.”
Right-handed rookie Seth Lugo will make the spot start tonight for Matz. In nine appearances out of the bullpen for the Mets, Lugo has posted an 0-1 record with a 2.65 ERA, while striking out 16 batters and only walking six. This will be the 26-year old pitcher’s first career start at the big league level.
New York Daily News reporter Kristie Ackert has heard from multiple Mets sources that Steven Matz is dealing with a bone spur in his left elbow. Matz who has been dealing with elbow discomfort over his past couple of starts has been cleared of any structrual damage with his throwing elbow by a doctor, but it appears he is dealing with a spur.
The 25-year old left-hander could certainly pitch through the injury and have surgery in the offseason, but it is all dependent on pain tolerance and whether that pain would impact his performance. The club could also opt to have Matz go under the knife immediately, but at that point he would be sidelined and unable to throw for six weeks.
No decision has been made by either Matz or the organization regarding his elbow, so we will be in wait and see mode over the next couple of days. It is certainly concerning however as Matz has shown vulnerability to injury over his brief stint with the Mets thus far, and you can imagine the Mets are going to do their due diligence before making a decision on the rookie left-hander. If Matz were to miss his start on Wednesday night you could expect either Logan Verrett or Sean Gilmartin to receive the start in his place.
Left-handed pitcher Steven Matz was named National League Rookie of the Month for the month of May. Matz went 4-0 with a 1.83 ERA in five starts during May. Matz struck out 31 batters in 34.1 innings and only walked four batters. He is the third player in Mets history to receive the award since it’s inception in 2011, joining former Met Justin Turner and two-time winner and current Met Jacob deGrom who has won the award twice.
Steven Matz has quietly emerged as an ace in his own right in the Mets rotation, as he holds a 7-1 record with a 2.60 ERA this season. Congratulations to Steven and let’s hope he can bring home the NL Rookie of the Year trophy to New York at the end of the season!
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.
- Steven Matz has received “good news” meeting with doctors today about his left elbow/forearm in New York. While the Mets won’t officially announce Matz’s diagnosis until tomorrow, it is certainly welcoming news to everyone as Matz has no ligament issues with the left arm. It’s still unlikely that Matz will make his next scheduled start against the Nationals on Thursday night, as I believe the Mets will not push him until he is ready. Matz could possibly have his start pushed back to this weekend and face the Milwaukee Brewers at home. We will know more tomorrow when the team makes his condition public.
- It is being reported by ESPN’S Adam Rubin that the Mets are likely to call up infielder Mark Reynolds from AAA Las Vegas, for tomorrow night’s ball game against the Washington Nationals. It is unknown who is likely to be sent down, but if Steven Matz is able to make a start this week, in all likelihood Sean Gilmartin would be sent back down. Reynolds has spent time at second base, shortstop, and third base at AAA Las Vegas and was hitting .238 with two homers and 10 RBIs.
- Yoenis Cespedes revealed in an interesting story on ESPN.com, that he wasn’t as close to signing with the Washington Nationals this past offseason as many made it seem.“I was never close to signing with the Nationals,” Cespedes stated to ESPN.com. “From the start I was pushing my agent because I wanted to come back to the Mets.”It’s another storyline to add on the eve of the first meeting between the division rivals who are scheduled to meet tomorrow night. Cespedes ultimately signed a three-year $75 million contract with the Mets despite rumblings that the Nationals were interested in his services. Cespedes does have a opt-out clause after this season however which is something we can discuss later in November.
Manager Terry Collins has stated before tonight’s game, that Steven Matz will have his next start skipped on Saturday due to left elbow soreness. Matz began feeling soreness with the elbow on Tuesday after his start on Monday night. While any injury revolving around the pitching elbow never sounds good, Collins had indicated that Matz was feeling much better today, and they will skip him as a precaution. Matz will visit a doctor in New York after the team returns from their current 11-game road trip, but once again the Mets believe it is nothing more than general soreness. Let’s hold our breath and hope they are right, as Matz has already had Tommy John surgery on that left elbow back in 2010.
Logan Verrett seems likely to get the start on Saturday against the Colorado Rockies, unless he is forced to pitch in relief in one of the next three games. If that is the case, the Mets will call-up a pitcher to make a spot start on Saturday.