So it begins.
The news of a Mets starting pitcher facing an early season injury has begun. Steven Matz according to Marc Carig of Newsday and Anthony Dicomo of MLB.com have reported the Mets will skip his next start due to the dreaded term “elbow soreness”.
Matz is coming off a season where he only made 22 starts and posting a 9-8 record with a 3.40 ERA but was shut down with bone spurs to end the season.
The news of “elbow soreness” is not what a baseball fan wants to hear. As soon as this term is thrown out there, everyone assumes the worst in Tommy John surgery.
Fortunately, the Mets conducted an MRI and it revealed that all was structurally fine in the elbow and there was no ligament damage.
Matz plans to resume throwing tomorrow in a bullpen session. However, it’s hard to believe its a minor issue eight days before the season begins.
This makes Zach Wheelers next Spring start a must see as the Mets may need him to begin the season in the rotation as opposed to extended Spring Training.
If the Matz issue is minor, the Mets do have the depth to cover for him in the short term. Robert Gselleman would receive a bump up to the 4 spot in the rotation while Seth Lugo would move from the long man in the bullpen to the 5 spot.
In the short term Mets fans, hope Matz feels good to go after his bullpen tomorrow and we can put the injury scare behind us.
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