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Mets pitchers Steven Matz and Seth Lugo late May return possible

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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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The Mets are hopeful they can get some rotation help from Steven Matz and Seth Lugo by the end of the month of May, but nothing is certain yet.

At Saturday afternoon’s press conference, Mets general manager Sandy Alderson spoke to the media about all the latest Mets injuries, and the first major ones they suffered — the losses of Steven Matz and Seth Lugo to arm troubles — were also on the agenda.

While Alderson didn’t go into specifics about either pitcher, he did say there’s a possibility they could both be back by the end of May. While this would certainly be good news, until Matz and Lugo start throwing off the mound regularly, I personally won’t get my hopes up.

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Don’t get me wrong, it would be incredible to get both of these guys back into the rotation. With the injury to Noah Syndergaard, Matt Harvey looking as mortal as ever, and Robert Gsellman pitching like a shell of his 2016 self, getting at least Matz or Lugo into this rotation could help out tremendously.

We’ve already seen what Rafael Montero is capable doing (not much), so the other best solutions to plug in for pitching depth are unfortunately rehabbing their arms at this moment.

Speaking about Montero and his inability to perform, Alderson also talked about filling in the fifth starter spot with someone outside of the organization. While there haven’t been any rumors floating around just yet, it’s clear the Mets are going to at least look at the free agent market and see if there’s anyone out there worth taking a shot on.

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Ultimately, the GM did admit that Montero would be the Amazin’s best option at this point to start the new couple of games in that spot, so don’t expect things to change from day to night for this rotation.

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