Steven Matz impressed over his first two starts in the majors before going down with a partial tear of his lat muscle, but he’s starting to ramp things up in preparation for his return.
According to Adam Rubin of ESPN New York, Matz threw today for the first time since landing on the disabled list. It wasn’t much, as he threw off flat ground at 60 feet, but it’s good news. The thought is that he’ll need at least two minor league rehab starts, so he’s unlikely to rejoin the Mets until September. Still, his presence would be valuable as the Mets attempt to manage the innings of their other young starters while also making a postseason push.
Matz won each of his first two starts in the majors while allowing two runs in 13 2/3 innings to go along with a 14/5 K/BB ratio. He also had three hits in six at-bats and drove in five runs.
After sitting out Sunday’s game, Indians second baseman Jason Kipnis was placed on the disabled list today due to right shoulder inflammation.
According to Paul Hoynes of the Cleveland Plain Dealer, Kipnis has been dealing with the injury off and on for most of the year and it bothers him the most when he throws. He served as the designated hitter on Saturday, but will now get some extended rest. The expectation is that he’ll miss two to three weeks.
Kipnis cooled down a bit in July, but he’s still having a heck of a year, batting .326/.401/.477 with six home runs, 39 RBI, and 11 stolen bases over 101 games. Serving as the Indians’ leadoff man, he’s tied for eighth in the American League with 66 runs scored.
Cubs rookie third baseman Kris Bryant was forced to exit Sunday’s game against the Brewers after feeling dizzy on a hard slide into second base, but he’s back in the starting lineup for tonight’s series opener against the Pirates.
According to Patrick Mooney of CSNChicago.com, Bryant was cleared to play after the Cubs ruled him out for a concussion. The 23-year-old hopes to avoid a similar issue in the future, so he’s planning to give up on sliding head-first. Obviously it’s easy to get caught up in the moment in a competitive situation, but that’s generally a good idea.
Bryant is coming off a rough July where he batted just .168 with a .638 OPS. He’s batting .246/.354/.436 with 14 home runs and 61 RBI over 96 games on the year.
Carter Capps has quietly been one of the game’s most dominant relievers this season, but his breakout has been put on hold, as the Marlins placed him on the disabled list Monday with a right elbow strain.
Capps left Sunday’s game against the Padres due to stiffness, but Clark Spencer of the Miami Herald reports that an MRI showed no damage. He’s slated to resume throwing in three or four days and the hope is that he’ll be ready when he’s eligible in two weeks.
Known for his triple-digit fastball and unconventional hop-style delivery, Capps has a brilliant 1.16 ERA with 58 strikeouts and just seven walks over 31 innings this season. He leads all major league relievers with 16.84 K/9.
The Mets strengthened their lineup this week by welcoming catcher Travis d’Arnaud back from the disabled list and acquiring slugger Yoenis Cespedes before the trade deadline. More help could be on the way soon.
According to Adam Rubin of ESPN New York, third baseman David Wright will travel with the Mets for their upcoming series against the Marlins in Miami before being eased into minor league rehab games with High-A St. Lucie later in the week.
This is great news for Wright, who originally landed on the disabled list in mid-April with a strained right hamstring. The 32-year-old soon began dealing with lower back pain and was eventually diagnosed with spinal stenosis. His status has been in question since, but he has been doing baseball activities this week at Citi Field. Obviously game action will be the real test, but it’s conceivable that he could rejoin the Mets’ lineup later this month if all goes well.
Daniel Murphy and the recently-acquired Juan Uribe are currently handling third base duties for New York.