Unfortunately, nothing about Steven Matz's outlook changed in 2016. He was seen as a high-end No. 3 starter with durability concerns, and sure enough, he posted a 3.39 FIP and 129:31 K:BB in 132.1 innings but missed the final six weeks of the season with a shoulder injury. He did not need shoulder surgery, but he did have an offseason procedure to remove a bone spur from his elbow, further adding to the litany of arm issues on his resume at the age of 25. At his best, Matz pairs a mid-90s sinker that can miss bats with above-average secondaries in his curveball and changeup. His 51.1 percent groundball rate ranked 18th among starters with 130-plus innings, and for a sinkerballer, his 23.6 percent strikeout rate is pretty impressive. Matz will enter spring training as the Mets' No. 4 starter, and he will be appropriately discounted in drafts due to the durability concerns. If he ever stays healthy for a full season, his owners will enjoy the profits.
Matz (shoulder) is scheduled to make his first Grapefruit League start Monday against the Marlins, Marc Carig of Newsday reports. Though the Mets purposely delayed his spring debut, Matz entered camp without any notable limitations following an injury-plagued 2016 season. The lefty was sidelined for the final six weeks with a shoulder injury that ultimately didn't require surgery, though he did go under the knife to remove a bone spur from his pitching elbow. Durability concerns have followed Matz throughout his professional career, but when healthy, he's proven himself as one of the better mid-rotation starters in baseball. So long as fantasy owners don't draft Matz expecting him to throw 200 innings, he's still capable of delivering helpful ratios and strikeout totals when he's able to take the mound.
Matz (shoulder) is "ramping up" his throwing program and expects to be fully ready when spring training begins, John Harper of the New York Daily News reports. Matz saw his 2016 season end early because of a shoulder injury, and then also had a bone spur removed from his elbow in October. He finished the season with a 3.40 ERA in 132.1 innings, and enters 2017 as the Mets' No. 4 starter.
Matz underwent successful surgery to remove a bone spur from his left elbow Tuesday morning, Jon Heyman of Today's Knuckleball reports. The procedure will prevent Matz from pitching again in 2016, but it is anticipated that it will fix any and all issues with his shoulder and elbow that sidelined him since Aug. 14. Matz is expected to be fully recovered at some point during spring training, but heading into next season there will certainly be doubt about his ability to stay healthy given his injury history.
Matz (shoulder) will pitch out of the bullpen if he pitches at all again this season, ESPN.com reports. "Right now, if he's able to throw -- able to pitch -- maybe we'll put him in the 'pen and see if we can get him an inning here or an inning there to see how he reacts to it," manager Terry Collins said Saturday. Renewed pain in the lefty's shoulder following a bullpen session earlier this week forced the Mets to scratch Matz from his scheduled start Friday. He has not been shut down -- in fact, Matz played catch prior to Saturday's game -- but he no longer has enough time to build up for a start during the regular season. Matz has never made a relief appearance in the major leagues.
Matz (shoulder) experienced a setback in his rehab and will not start Friday's game as planned, Joel Sherman of the New York Post reports. Matz had a throwing session Thursday to make the final preparations prior to Friday's start, but the left-hander reportedly felt sore following the session, leading the Mets to pull him from his scheduled start. This setback comes at the worst possible time for the young pitcher, as it now makes a return to the Mets rotation prior to the postseason (and possibly even during the postseason) very difficult. He'll likely resume his rehab once his shoulder is feeling good again, but there's no telling if and when he might be able to get back to game action this season. No replacement has been announced for Friday's contest, but Gabriel Ynoa seems like a logical candidate to fill in.