Mike Gonzalez apologizes for beaning that left Chris Dickerson with concussion

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Mike Gonzalez sought out Chris Dickerson prior to yesterday’s game, apologizing to the Yankees outfielder for hitting him in the helmet with a pitch Wednesday night and asking how he was physically after suffering a concussion:

I just wanted to make sure that he was OK. Obviously, it wasn’t my intention. I wasn’t trying to hit the guy. I felt a much better peace of mind when I got to talk to him. He understood the whole situation. He said that he knew I wasn’t trying to hit him. That means the world to me. When I saw him out there walking around, I was very happy with it.

Jeff Zrebiec of the Baltimore Sun reports that the two payers hugged, so clearly there isn’t any bad blood, and Dickerson is hopeful that he can avoid the disabled list and possibly be available as soon as tonight.

Gonzalez was immediately ejected from the game and could be facing a fine or suspension. “I’m definitely going to fight it,” the reliever told Zrebiec. “That was uncalled for. Anybody watching that game is going to know that there was no intention there.”

Report: Steven Matz has been pitching through pain, may need elbow surgery

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Newsday’s Marc Carig reports that Mets starter Steven Matz has been pitching through pain for most of the season. He may need surgery to fix a nerve issue in his elbow. Matz was sidelined in spring training with an elbow injury and made his regular season debut on June 10.

Matz, 26, has struggled over 13 starts, posting a 6.08 ERA with a 48/19 K/BB ratio in 66 2/3 innings. Many were scrambling for explanations for his pitching woes and now they have it.

According to Carig, the Mets let Matz skip his bullpen sessions to help him pitch through the pain. Given the Mets’ shoddy history of dealing with injuries, that’s not a good look for the club.

Carig noted on Twitter that Jacob deGrom offers some optimism for Matz’s case. deGrom underwent right elbow surgery to repair ulnar nerve damage last September and bounced back to have a great season this year.

Clayton Kershaw’s simulated game went so well he threw an extra inning

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Dodgers lefty Clayton Kershaw was scheduled to throw three innings in a simulated game on Monday. That simulated game went so well, he threw an extra inning, MLB.com’s Ken Gurnick reports. Kershaw will make a minor league rehab start next and could be activated towards the end of next week.

Kershaw, 29, has been on the disabled list since July 24 with a lower back strain. That put the pause button on another outstanding season. He’s carrying a 15-2 record with a 2.04 ERA and a 168/24 K/BB ratio in 141 1/3 innings.

The 87-35 Dodgers have run away with the NL West, needing some combination of 20 wins and 20 Rockies losses (19 for the third-place Diamondbacks) to officially clinch the division. While the Dodgers are all but mathematically assured of reaching postseason baseball, the club would still like to get Kershaw as ready as possible over the next month-plus.