UPDATE: So much for “not serious.” According to Matt Ehalt of the Bergen Record, the Mets confirmed that Matz was diagnosed with a partial tear of his left lat muscle. He was given a platelet-rich plasma injection and will be shut down from throwing for three weeks before being re-examined. Brutal news for the Mets, who will likely face questions about why they let Matz pitch after he complained of symptoms after his first start.
8:12 p.m. ET: Adam Rubin of ESPN New York hears that Matz’s injury is “not serious,” but that he’ll miss his next scheduled start on Sunday. That’s encouraging, but the Mets haven’t had the best track record with injuries recently.
8:05 p.m. ET: Mets rookie left-hander Steven Matz has 1.32 ERA over his first two starts in the majors while driving in five runs, but it will be a while before we see him again.
According to Andy Martino of the New York Daily News, Matz will miss “several weeks” due to a sore lat muscle. As Adam Rubin of ESPN New York notes, Matz dealt with some lat tightness after his major league debut against the Reds on June 28, but he received treatment and was cleared to pitch against the Dodgers last weekend. The 24-year-old pitched six scoreless innings in that game, so it didn’t have an impact on his performance, but apparently things have gotten worse. It’s a bummer.
With Matz down, the Mets will presumably go back to a more traditional five-man rotation with Matt Harvey, Jacob deGrom, Noah Syndergaard, Bartolo Colon, and Jon Niese. They still have Dillon Gee with Triple-A Las Vegas if they want to go back to a six-man rotation, though they’d have to add him back to the 40-man roster.
MLBPA player representative Max Scherzer sent out a short statement late Wednesday night regarding the ongoing negotiations between the owners and the union. On Tuesday, ownership proposed a “sliding scale” salary structure on top of the prorated pay cuts the players already agreed to back in March. The union rejected the proposal, with many worrying that it would drive a wedge in the union’s constituency.
Scherzer is one of eight players on the MLBPA executive subcommittee along with Andrew Miller, Daniel Murphy, Elvis Andrus, Cory Gearrin, Chris Iannetta, James Paxton, and Collin McHugh.
After discussing the latest developments with the rest of the players there’s no reason to engage with MLB in any further compensation reductions. We have previously negotiated a pay cut in the version of prorated salaries, and there’s no justification to accept a 2nd pay cut based upon the current information the union has received. I’m glad to hear other players voicing the same viewpoint and believe MLB’s economic strategy would completely change if all documentation were to become public information.
Indeed, aside from the Braves, every other teams’ books are closed, so there has been no way to fact-check any of the owners’ claims. Cubs chairman Tom Ricketts, for example, recently said that 70 percent of the Cubs’ revenues come from “gameday operations” (ticket sales, concessions, etc.). But it went unsubstantiated because the Cubs’ books are closed. The league has only acknowledged some of the union’s many requests for documentation. Without supporting evidence, Ricketts’ claim, like countless others from team executives, can only be taken as an attempt to manipulate public sentiment.
Early Thursday morning, ESPN’s Jeff Passan reported that the MLBPA plans to offer a counter-proposal to MLB in which the union would suggest a season of more than 100 games and fully guaranteed prorated salaries. It seems like the two sides are quite far apart, so it may take longer than expected for them to reach an agreement.