Steven Matz to toss a ball on Thursday, hopefully pitch in relief this weekend
There may be hope for Steven Matz and his playoff status after all.
Terry Collins said on Thursday in Philadelphia Matz is expected to lightly toss a baseball at Citizens Bank Park on Thursday.
If all goes well, Matz will be slated for 5-6 innings of relief against the Nationals this weekend, weather permitting.
Matz arrived to the ballpark on Tuesday with a sore right side after sleeping awkwardly on a sofa the night before. As a precaution, the club scratched Matz from his scheduled start on Wednesday. But on Wednesday, he was experiencing continued soreness and was scratched from his rescheduled start on Thursday.
The Mets had downplayed the degree of Matz’s injury, although Terry Collins warned if he were unable to pitch this weekend against Washington, it would be difficult to include him on the playoff roster.
While not the same, the Mets could conceivably send Matz – and any other pitcher for that matter – to Port St. Lucie and have him pitch in the Instructional League if needed next week. It doesn’t sound like that’s in the cards, but if he’s feeling ok and they need to get him some innings, that’s the only alternative for them to turn to at this point in the season.