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Steven Matz, Seth Lugo to begin throwing programs

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There is still no timetable for either pitcher’s return

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Injured Mets pitchers Steven Matz and Seth Lugo will both begin throwing programs tomorrow in Port St. Lucie. Matz is dealing with a strained flexor tendon, while Lugo has a partially torn UCL.

Matz’s injury was initially deemed “elbow tenderness” when the 25-year-old left-hander was scratched from a spring training start. It wasn’t until he recieved a second opinion that he was diagnosed with a strained flexor tendon. After throwing for two straight days in an attempt to avoid the disabled list, Matz was given a platelet-rich plasma injection and was shut down for three weeks.

Lugo was set to begin throwing today, but it looks like he will instead join his young teammate tomorrow. The 27-year-old right-hander has chosen the rest-and-rehab route in an attempt to avoid Tommy John surgery. Though pitchers choosing this method will often end up going under the knife anyway, one recent success story is Yankees pitcher Masahiro Tanaka.

Matz and Lugo were both expected to be contributors to the Mets’ pitching staff this season, and while the rotation has rolled on without them, more pitching depth will certainly be needed at some point. No timetable is available for either pitcher, but general manager Sandy Alderson thinks that it’s going to “take a while.”