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.