There is no planned date for Jacob deGrom or Steven Matz to return to the starting rotation, Kristie Ackert of the Daily News reports. Whereas Steven Matz was able to throw off flat ground on Monday, Jacob deGrom is still resting after his most recent outing—a loss to the Miami Marlins—on September 1.
Sidelined with a strained shoulder, Matz hasn’t appeared in a game since a brilliant one-hit outing on August 14. The Mets’ front office has hoped for a quick turnaround for the left-hander, with GM Sandy Alderson indicating no plans to shut down Matz for the season. Moreover, manager Terry Collins declined to guarantee another start for Rafael Montero, instead opting to check on Matz’s and deGrom’s status when Montero’s next turn in the rotation comes. deGrom, who has struggled with a 9.82 ERA over his last three starts, was recently tabbed to miss “several starts” with forearm inflammation.
Fortunately for Collins, the Mets have received excellent outings from fill-in starters Robert Gsellman and Seth Lugo. Additionally, in the midst of an injury-plagued season for the rest of the Mets’ roster, 43-year-old Bartolo Colon has pitched a team-high 164.2 innings to bolster the team’s rotation.