Matzek was outrighted to High-A Modesto on Tuesday. Matzek missed the start of the 2016 season as he battled an anxiety issue and was optioned to High-A Modesto immediately following his reinstatement on May 19. The Rockies are now choosing to outright the left-hander, meaning he'll stay with High-A Modesto, but be removed from the 40-man roster. This allows the Rockies to make an addition to their roster, which they would be presumably inclined to do in the coming days.
Matzek (personal) was reinstated from the 15-day DL on Thursday and optioned to High-A Modesto. The left-hander started the season on the disabled list due to an anxiety issue, but he has been gradually progressing throughout the spring. He's off the disabled list as of Thursday, but he will continue to work at High-A Modesto for the time being as he ramps up his workload.
Matzek (personal) walked the only batter he faced in an appearance with High-A Modesto on Wednesday. Matzek was a bit wild, with four of his five pitches being balls, but it's noteworthy that the Rockies felt confident enough in Matzek to put him back in a game situation. He'll continue to get eased back into action over the coming weeks, and the left-hander should hopefully be able to enter the Triple-A rotation once he has stretched out his arm enough.
Matzek (personal) will pitch in an extended spring training game Saturday, Nick Groke of the Denver Post reports. Matzek seems to be getting near a return to regular game action now that he's able to pitch in game situations again. As long as no setbacks occur, the left-hander could enter the Triple-A rotation within the next week or two.
Matzek (personal) will throw batting practice for the first time in extended spring training Friday, CBS Denver reports. It's good to see Matzek making progress in his return from performance anxiety issues, but he still has a ways to go before returning to game action. If he can get through a few batting practice sessions, the next steps would be to throw in simulated games and rehab assignments before returning to the mound full-time. His timetable for return should become clearer once he makes the next step in his rehab process.
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