Steven Matz threw a bullpen session at Citi Field this morning and will be headed to Florida to pitch in an instructional league game on Thursday. According to pitching coach Dan Warthen, the rookie left-hander's session was a success, and he is in line to pitch Game 4 of the National League Division Series if his appearance on Thursday goes well.
Matz, who hasn't seen game action since a start against the Reds in Cincinnati on September 24, where he went 5.2 innings, striking out eight while giving up three earned runs. Matz has been sidelined by stiffness in his back/right side, causing him to miss his final start of the year. This is just the most recent injury for Matz, who also battled a blister earlier in September and missed significant time this summer after tearing his lat at sometime before or during his first major league start.
If needed, Matz's start will be on Tuesday, October 13 at Citi Field against the Los Angeles Dodgers.