Mets injury news: Matz, Blevins to be reexamined next week

By Danny Abriano
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Jun 28, 2015; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Steven Matz (32) making his MLB debut pitches against the Cincinnati Reds in the first inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports

Steven Matz, who hasn’t pitched since July 5 due to a partial tear of the lat muscle on his left side, will see a doctor next week to learn whether he’ll be cleared to begin throwing, Sandy Alderson told reporters on Thursday.

At the time of the injury, it was noted that Matz would be idle for three weeks before being reevaluated. It was also reported that if Matz had to pitch through the injury, he could, but the club opted to shut him down.

Matz, who made just two big league starts before suffering the injury, will need to ramp up his activity before entering rehab games and eventually returning to the rotation.

In Matz’ absence, the team has been using a five-man rotation, and they could either return to a six-man rotation when Matz returns or deal a pitcher — perhaps Jon Niese — between now and the July 31 non-waiver trade deadline.

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