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Mets injury update: Steven Matz may be out longer than three weeks

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After consulting with trainers and Matz himself, the lefty was cleared to pitch this past Sunday.

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Sandy Alderson said on Friday that there is no guarantee that while Steven Matz is going to rest his torn lat muscle for the next three weeks, it’s possible that his recovery could take longer than that.

Alderson told the media that Matz will not be throwing for two-to-three weeks so that they can allow the tear to heal, and he will be re-evaluated at that point. The Mets' GM also said that after talking to the training staff and Matz on Sunday, both he and manager Terry Collins felt comfortable allowing Matz to start. Matz said today that the injury is not very painful, saying "It's frustrating but this is just a minor thing and I will be back." He said that he felt good enough to pitch on Sunday and that the injury didn’t hold him back at all.

Matz has been living up to all the hype and then some in his first two major league starts. In his first game, Matz became the first rookie in MLB history to drive in four runs in his debut. Over his two starts he has a 1.32 ERA in 13.2 innings with 14 strikeouts and five walks.