D.J. Short

NEW YORK, NY - JULY 10: Steven Matz #32 of the New York Mets looks on from the dugout during a game against the Arizona Diamondbacks on July 10, 2015 at Citi Field in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City. Matz was placed on the 15 day disabled list. (Photo by Rich Schultz/Getty Images)

Steven Matz has resumed throwing


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.

Indians place Jason Kipnis on disabled list with right shoulder inflammation

CLEVELAND, OH -  JULY 28: Jason Kipnis #22 of the Cleveland Indians reacts after lining out to right to end the second inning against the Kansas City Royals at Progressive Field on July 28, 2015 in Cleveland, Ohio. (Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images)
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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.

Kris Bryant in lineup after leaving Sunday’s game with dizziness

CHICAGO, IL - JULY 25:  on July 25, 2015 at Wrigley Field in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by David Banks/Getty Images) *** Local Caption ***

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 lands on disabled list with elbow strain

MIAMI, FL - JULY 12: Carter Capps #22 of the Miami Marlins pitches during the game against the Cincinnati Reds at Marlins Park on July 12, 2015 in Miami, Florida.  (Photo by Rob Foldy/Getty Images)

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.

David Wright could begin minor league rehab assignment next week

SAN DIEGO, CA - JUNE 2:  David Wright #5 of the New York Mets looks out from the dugout before a baseball game against the San Diego Padres at Petco Park June 2, 2015 in San Diego, California.  (Photo by Denis Poroy/Getty Images)

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.