After the Mets announced last night that Steven Matz would undergo surgery to repair a nerve issue in his pitching elbow, the team made an official roster move by placing him on the disabled list and recalling right-handed relief pitcher Kevin McGowan from Triple-A Las Vegas.
After injuries delayed his season debut, Matz never really got going. In thirteen starts, he had a 6.08 ERA and 5.02 FIP with 6.48 strikeouts, 2.57 walks, and 1.62 home runs allowed per nine innings—all of which were career-worst rates. And he has been far from the only Mets starting pitcher to deal with an injury this season.
McGowan recently spent some time on the Mets’ major league roster, but he never got into a game. In 44 appearances for Las Vegas this year, all but one of which have come out of the bullpen, he has a 4.06 ERA with 8.0 strikeouts and 3.5 walks per nine.