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Steven Matz has forearm tightness, will get an MRI

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Matz had an awful start last night and had previously been described as dealing with “dead arm.”

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After he got shelled in the Mets’ historically-bad loss last night, the team announced today that Steven Matz has tightness in his forearm and will have an MRI. Mets manager Mickey Callaway had previously described Matz as having “dead arm,” but it seems that there may be more serious problem. Matz had Tommy John surgery on his left elbow in 2010 and has endured plenty of other injuries since then.

In 107.2 innings over 21 starts for the Mets this year, Matz has a 4.35 ERA and 4.74 FIP with 8.28 strikeouts, 3.43 walks, and 1.42 home runs allowed per nine innings. His ERA jumped significantly as a result of his outing last night.

Before their game this afternoon, the Mets optioned Tim Peterson Triple-A Las Vegas to make room for Noah Syndergaard to come off the 10-Day disabled list. And during it, Phillip Evans was forced out of the game after taking a hit at second base.