Steven Matz could re-enter the Mets rotation this weekend
Steven Matz will pitch for the Double-A B-Mets on Monday evening against the Fighting Phils in Reading, Pennsylvania. He is expected to throw 80-90 pitches for Binghamton, and will rejoin the Mets on Tuesday in New York.
Sandy Alderson said on Monday if Matz comes through his final rehab start with no incident, it’s likely Matz will be re-inserted into the rotation as soon as this weekend’s series against the Marlins in Miami.
Matz would be able to pitch on normal rest this Saturday against the Marlins. Given the club is intent on skipping Noah Syndergaard at least once before the end of the season, it would seem logical Matz could be used to skip Syndergaard’s next start, and then re-isnert Syndergaard as part of a six-man rotation the next turn through the rotation.
That also keeps Syndergaard from pitching on the road, a situation the club is concerned about since he struggles more often than not away from Citi Field.
The Mets have not made their plans for the six-man rotation known at this time.
Matz has been on the disabled list since July 6 with a torn lat muscle.
Update, 8:05 PM: Matz allowed a hit and two walks in 5 1/3 innings for the B-Mets on Monday night, throwing 49 of his 78 pitches for strikes and retiring the final ten batters he faced.