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Mets: Steven Matz to begin throwing program Wednesday

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Mar 22, 2017; Port St. Lucie, FL, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Steven Matz (32) delivers a pitch against the Miami Marlins during a spring training game at First Data Field. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports
Mar 22, 2017; Port St. Lucie, FL, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Steven Matz (32) delivers a pitch against the Miami Marlins during a spring training game at First Data Field. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports
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Steven Matz landed on the disabled list before the Mets season even began

Marc Carig of Newsday reported that Mets starter, Steven Matz will begin a throwing program on Wednesday. Matz began the season on the disabled list and was diagnosed with a flexor strain. The diagnosis was a saga on its own as the Mets were unaware of it.

Nonetheless, Matz will hopefully start the path to rejoining the team sometime in May. He made four starts in spring and logged 12.2 innings while pitching to a 4.26 ERA. Matz allowed 16 hits and walked four batters in that stretch. The 25-year old lefty has already endured a multitude of injuries in his still young career. He underwent surgery to remove bone chips in his elbow.

The depth in the Mets’ rotation took a hit right before the start of the season when Matz and Seth Lugo both landed on the disabled list with injuries. Zack Wheeler had a better second start against Philadelphia, but still is on an innings limit. Robert Gsellman has faced the Marlins twice and got roughed up in his most recent start.

It’s still very early in the season, but the back end of the rotation has a few questions to it. Matz has shown the potential to be a mainstay in this rotation when he’s healthy. At still a young age there’s a lot of time for Matz to tap into his full potential. The question going forward becomes how much more patient will the organization be with Matz?

In the short term, the Mets certainly need Matz back. The issue with Wheeler’s starts is that the bullpen is going to more than likely be automatically dug into earlier in games because of how he’s being brought along in his first action since 2014. As a result, Mets relievers have worked the fourth most innings of any team in the Majors.

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It will be interesting to see how Matz progresses as he works toward his return to the club, which is 7-6 entering the week.

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