The Mets have activated southpaw Steven Matz from the 10-day injured list, the team announced Saturday. Matz was sidelined earlier this month with radial nerve discomfort in his left forearm, but avoided any serious complications and appears to have made a full recovery. He’s scheduled to take the mound against the Marlins this afternoon at 4:10 PM EDT.
It hasn’t always been an easy road for the 27-year-old lefty, who has dealt with all manner of elbow, shoulder, and forearm issues over the past three years. With the exception of a disastrous outing against the Phillies earlier this year, he’s been productive when healthy, and will enter Saturday’s start with a 3-2 record in seven starts and a 3.86 ERA, 2.3 BB/9, and 8.2 SO/9 across his first 35 innings of 2019.
In a corresponding move, the club optioned right-handed reliever Paul Sewald to Triple-A Syracuse to clear a roster spot for Matz. Sewald, 28, is in his third major-league season with the Mets and pitched through seven innings in his most recent stint, allowing three runs, two walks, and striking out four of 28 batters.
Earlier today the Major League Baseball Umpire’s Association made multiple posts on social media registering its displeasure at what it feels was the league’s weak discipline of Manny Machado following his run-in with umpire Bill Welke. It was an unusual statement, as it’s not common for umpires, individual or via their union to comment on such matters.
This evening, in an official statement, the league called it inappropriate:
“Manny Machado was suspended by MLB Chief Baseball Officer Joe Torre, who considered all the facts and circumstances of Machado’s conduct, including precedent, in determining the appropriate level of discipline. Mr. Machado is appealing his suspension and we do not believe it is appropriate for the union representing Major League Umpires to comment on the discipline of players represented by the Players Association, just as it would not be appropriate for the Players Association to comment on disciplinary decisions made with respect to umpires. We also believe it is inappropriate to compare this incident to the extraordinarily serious issue of workplace violence.”
That final bit, about workplace violence, is something that I didn’t really consider when I read the umps’ statements, but it’s a damn good point. In an age where people are literally shooting up workplaces, umpires making reference to that kind of thing in response to a player throwing a bat is pretty rich indeed. And in pretty poor taste.