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Steven Matz will miss next start with elbow soreness

The lefty downplayed the severity of the injury.

Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

The Mets will skip Steven Matz's turn in the rotation on Saturday after the lefty experienced elbow soreness. His elbow flared up on him after his start this week. Matz has not undergone an MRI yet and will see doctors in New York when the team returns. The Mets believe it's merely soreness and Matz echoed that sentiment, saying that it wasn't worth the risk to make the start on Saturday.

In his last start against the Los Angeles Dodgers on Monday night, Matz picked up his fifth win of the season, throwing six innings of two-run ball while scattering six hits and striking out five. It was after that start that he felt the elbow soreness. After getting rocked in his first start of the season, Matz has been terrific. He has a 1.09 ERA over his last five starts with 34 strikeouts in 33 innings. On the season, Matz has a 2.86 ERA and 1.18 WHIP in 34.2 innings.

Injury isn't new to Matz. He missed two months in 2015 with a partially torn lat muscle. The 24-year-old also had Tommy John surgery in 2010, the year after the Mets selected him in the second round of the 2009 amateur draft.