Steven Matz was assigned to the 10-Day Injured List, retroactive to May 5, after being diagnosed with Radial nerve discomfort in his left arm. Matz is expected to miss just one start; his turn in the rotation came up yesterday, when Wilmer Font took the ball for four innings of two run ball. While no injury is good news, the team seemed pleased with this diagnosis, especially when compared to what may have been.
Besides a game where he allowed 6 runs without recording an out, Matz has looked to be one of the better starters in the Mets’ rotation this year.
In a corresponding move, Dominic Smith was recalled from AAA Syracuse. Following the emergence of Pete Alonso as an everyday player, Dom has excelled in a limited bench role hitting to the tune of .333/.459/.400 in 30 AB. However, despite his asking for playing time in the outfield and more utilization, the Mets are hard pressed to find him playing time with an already defensively stretched outfield.
The move is puzzling, in part, because they waited until now to place Matz on the IL, whereas they could have benefited from an extra bullpen arm or bench bat in the interim.