Steven Matz is still not ready to throw yet. His lat injury has reportedly improved, however he still is not cleared to throw and will be re-evaluated next week. For now the Mets will stay with the five-man rotation.
Matz debuted splendidly with the Mets earlier this month before going down with a lat tear on July 10 after only two starts. In his debut, he went 3-for-3 with four RBI at the plate—the first time in MLB history a pitcher has driven in four runs in his first game—and also tossed 7.2 innings with six strikeouts and just two runs allowed. Over his two starts, Matz went 2-0 and posted a 1.32 ERA in 13.2 innings pitched with 14 strikeouts and only five walks.
The 24-year-old lefty was the Mets' #2 overall prospect in Amazin' Avenue's preseason top 25 prospect list. He was drafted by the Mets in the second round of the 2009 draft out of Ward Melville HS in East Setauket, New York.