Steven Matz will miss his scheduled start Saturday in Colorado because of forearm soreness.
Matz apparently hurt himself during his start on Monday in sunny Los Angeles.
“It was pretty sore,” Matz said. “I was still able to throw, but it was enough concern for me to say something to the trainers and just kind of tell them what was going on. Before I see the doctors, they just want to play it safe.”
Indeed, no one wants a repeat of last season, when Matz landed on the DL after his second major league start.
“Sometimes through the season you go through some nagging stuff. Last year I tried to pitch through it and ended up missing two months. So it’s better to play it safe and give it the rest when I need it.”
Terry Collins agrees, not wanting to take the risk of losing Steven Matz for any length of time.
“Today he said he feels 100% better than he felt yesterday and that is still not good enough for me,” Collins said. “We’re just going to re-evaluate him in a couple days. Get home and I’m sure he’ll see somebody.”
Logan Verrett will get the start on Saturday. The Mets do not plan on placing Matz on the disabled list, but they do not want to go into the thin air of Colorado short of pitching. So they will likely add a bullpen arm for the weekend.
“You don’t go into Colorado short of pitching — it’s not a very wise move,” Collins said.