Steven Matz still stiff, won’t start Thursday either

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Mets left-hander Steven Matz was scratched from his scheduled start Wednesday against the Phillies after waking up Tuesday with stiffness in the right side of his back. There had been optimism that he could go Thursday, but the stiffness remains.

“It’s still lingering a little bit, so we’re just going to take it day by day,” Matz told Adam Rubin of ESPN New York on Wednesday afternoon. “We’re not going to push anything. It’s just a little stiffness in my back. When you wake up with a crick in your neck, it’s kind of like that, just in my upper back.”

If this lingers into the weekend and Matz isn’t able to make another regular-season appearance, it would create a tough decision for team management. Put him on the roster for the NLDS and risk having to scratch him from a crucial Game 4 start? Or put Bartolo Colon in that role?

Matz, 24, owns a 2.27 ERA and 34 strikeouts over his first 35 2/3 major league innings.