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Report: Mets’ Matz out for several weeks due to lat injury

By Ryan Punzalan

Update – 8:42 p.m.

The Mets have announced that Steven Matz was officially diagnosed with a partial tear of the lat muscle on his left side. Matz will be out for at least three weeks and will then be reexamined.

Three weeks means that Matz will miss at least two starts, but with the way their season has going, that number will likely increase.

It’s a crushing blow to the already injury-depleted Mets ballclub and hopefully he’ll be able to recover within the three weeks timetable.

The never-ending Mets injury parade continues; this time, striking pitching phenom Steven Matz.

NY Daily News’ Andy Martino reports that Matz is suffering from a sore lat muscle and will be out at least a few weeks. He’s not expected to return until after the All-Star Break.

It’s unclear what his exact timetable is, but the best case scenario is that a few weeks ends up being one or two starts. With the All-Star Break fast approaching, Matz and the organization might be dodging a major bullet if he does return in short time.

In two big league starts this season, the southpaw is 2-0 with a 1.32 ERA, which includes 14 strikeouts and a 0.88 WHIP. Matz is also 3-for-6 at the plate with five runs driven in.