With Josh Edgin on his way to having Tommy John Surgery, the Mets are left with few good options for the role of left-handed reliever to start the season. But the team is scouting the Orioles' Brian Matusz, as reported by Dan Martin in the Post this morning.
The 28-year-old lefty is entering his seventh season at the major league level with the Orioles. While he began his career as a starter, he has transitioned into a relief role over the last three years. Last year, he appeared in 63 games with a 3.48 ERA and 4.00 FIP. He has had good success against lefties. For his career, Matusz has allowed left-handed batters to hit just .211/.267/.353.
If they choose not to make a trade for Matusz or another pitcher, the Mets have few options in house. Of those pitchers, only Scott Rice has seen significant big league time, but he is returning from surgery. While Sean Gilmartin has a chance to make the team after the Mets acquired him in the Rule 5 draft in December, he has only pitched as a starter to this point in his career. Lefties Dario Alvarez and Jack Leathersich are both on the 40-man roster, but of the two, only Alvarez has reached the majors at all, while Leathersich has had control issues throughout his minor league career.