Steven Matz received treatment for back pain, Mets hoping he’s ready for playoffs

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BaronSteven Matz was absent from the ballpark on Friday afternoon as he sought treatment for the pain in the right side of his back from team doctors at the Hospital for Special Surgery.

Terry Collins said on Saturday morning Matz received an injection in his back in an effort to relax those muscles.

The Mets are still not sure if Matz will be available for the Division Series against the Dodgers, although his scheduled start isn’t for another ten days in game four.

If Matz is cleared over the next couple of days, Collins said he will leave for Port St. Lucie and pitch in the Instructional League, where Collins would like him to throw 90-100 pitches.

If he gets through and recovers from that outing with no problems, he could be cleared to pitch in the Division Series.

But if the Mets aren’t convinced about Matz’s health, they would seem likely to leave him off the Division Series roster, which must be submitted to the league next Friday morning.

If Matz is on the roster, is unable to make his start and is removed from the roster for an injury replacement, he would be ineligible to return for the National League Championship Series.

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