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Steven Matz to avoid DL with only ‘slight’ strain to finger

Maybe the luckless Mets caught a much-needed break.

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Mets pitcher Steven Matz has only a “slight” strain of his finger and will not be placed on the disabled list. With 40% of their starting rotation suffering finger injuries just hours apart—Noah Syndergaard hit the disabled list with his own issue yesterday— the beleaguered Amazins finally got some good news.

Mets manager Mickey Callaway stated it’s still too early to know if Matz will miss a start. The 27-year-old injured his finger while batting last night against the Braves. He swung and missed at an offering from Braves pitcher Anibal Sanchez and lost the grip on his bat, which flung toward the on-deck circle. He doubled in the at-bat, but when he retook the mound in the bottom of the frame, he threw a few warm-up pitches before being lifted. Later, X-rays came back negative.

Matz was coming off his best start of the season against Milwaukee, during which he threw six shutout innings. He followed that with three scoreless against the Braves before his injury. He is 2-3 this year with a 3.55 ERA and seemed to be righting the ship after a rocky start to the season.