The Mets expect Steven Matz to miss just one start, and believe that he will be back in time for their upcoming homestand.
Matz was scratched from his Friday start with shoulder discomfort, and was later diagnosed with a mild shoulder strain, as well as rotator cuff irritation. The 25-year-old was placed on the disabled list, retroactive to August 15, after an MRI found no structural damage.
This is not Matz’s first incident of arm trouble; the Long Island native is unfortunately well-versed in dealing with injuries. Earlier this year, Matz was diagnosed with a bone spur in his left elbow, an ailment that he has had to pitch through. In 2015, he missed about two months of the season with a partially torn left lat muscle.
When he has been healthy enough to pitch, Matz has excelled. In 28 career starts, the former second-round pick has had a 3.16 ERA with a 3.44 FIP, with 163 strikeouts and 41 walks in 168 innings. For the season, his ERA stands at 3.40 in 22 starts.
With Matt Harvey out for the season and Zack Wheeler’s status basically the baseball version of the shrug guy, the Mets can not afford to be without Matz for more than a start or two.