Mets' Steven Matz: Solid in first rehab appearance

Matz (elbow) threw 53 pitches in his first rehab appearance Thursday at High-A Port St. Lucie, allowing a run on two hits and two walks while striking out three over three innings, the New York Daily News reports.

Matz, working his way back from elbow discomfort, threw 30 pitches in extended spring training Saturday, paving the way for him to begin his rehab assignment. He likely will need between two and four more rehab outings before rejoining the Mets, probably in early June. The Mets' rotation has been a tire fire this season and in need of a major boost, which Matz could provide, health permitting.

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