Steven Matz will start the 2017 season on the disabled list with that injury the Mets insisted is not serious.
The Mets say the MRI on Matz’s ailing elbow came back negative. But still, had a platelet rich plasma injection and he will be shut down for three weeks. Only then will be begin a throwing program. Which means we likely won’t see him until mid-May.
Robert Gsellman, who was already told he would be in the rotation to start the season, and Zack Wheeler will fill the final two spots in the rotation. It will be interesting to see what happens if/when Steven Matz comes back. Wheeler will have an innings limit, so it is likely he will be the odd man out. Although if he is pitching well and Gsellman is not, those plans could change.
In other roster news, Michael Conforto will go North as a fourth outfielder. And Seth Lugo and Rafael Montero will also make the trip, but only one of them will remain on the team; the other will be sent to Las Vegas.