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Steven Matz is dealing with a bone spur in his left elbow


Mets starter Steven Matz has a bone spur in his left elbow, which could require surgery once the season is over, Kristie Ackert of the New York Daily News reports. This doesn’t come as much of a surprise as Matz has dealt with elbow problems throughout this season and even missed a start last month because of it.

Matz doesn’t seem worried about it, even though he was knocked around by the Braves to the tune of six runs over 4 1/3 innings in his last start:

“I mean it’s been tight, but it’s fine,” Matz said. “I mean I was able to throw the ball fine the first four innings. I was leaving the ball up and they were capitalizing. They were hitting the ball really hard that inning. They were aggressive the whole game and they got to me.”

Matz is unlikely to make his next scheduled start on Wednesday night against the Nationals. The 25-year-old lefty has a 3.29 ERA with a 73/15 K/BB ratio in 76 2/3 innings.

Angels’ Pujols passes Mays for 5th on homer list with No. 661

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ANAHEIM, Calif. — Los Angeles Angels slugger Albert Pujols passed Willie Mays for fifth place on the career home run list, hitting No. 661 on Friday night against Texas.

The 40-year-old Pujols connected for a solo homer with two outs in the fifth inning. He sent Wes Benjamin‘s fastball on a 1-2 count over the wall in left field.

Pujols has hit five homers this season. He tied Mays last Sunday at Colorado.

It is only Pujols’ second home run since Aug. 4. He now trails only Barry Bonds (762), Hank Aaron (755), Babe Ruth (714) and Alex Rodriguez (696).

Pujols has one more season left on his contract with the Angels after this year.

Benjamin was the 428th different pitcher Pujols homered against in his career. Only Bonds has homered against more pitchers (449).