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Mets injured starters embark on their return

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Jun 18, 2016; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Steven Matz (32) pitches against the Atlanta Braves during the third inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Adam Hunger-USA TODAY Sports
Jun 18, 2016; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Steven Matz (32) pitches against the Atlanta Braves during the third inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Adam Hunger-USA TODAY Sports
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Baby steps, right? Steven Matz and Seth Lugo are expected to begin their rehab assignments on Thursday.

Both Matz and Lugo are scheduled to pitch for High-A St. Lucie. Additionally, both have already pitched in extended spring training on Saturday.

We have not seen either Matz or Lugo so far in the regular season due to their respective elbow injuries. Will it be refreshing for all when they come back? Yes. Yes it will be, assuming they stay healthy, of course. Both starters were expected to return to the team by the end of May. Hopefully these rehab assignments go well, and they can stick to this estimation.

It’s no secret that the once coveted starting rotation is currently in shambles. Noah Syndergaard is out for approximately three months. Matt Harvey is, well, a scene right now between his off the field antics and his on field antics, or should I say, lack thereof. Robert Gsellman is not pitching like the guy we all saw last season.

And least there’s Jacob deGrom, right?

If Matz and Lugo return to the team, fully healthy, and remain healthy for the entire season (it’s really sad that this is a huge if), the rotation will receive a huge boost. Duh. But will they return in time, with no setbacks, and be healthy for the entire season? I just laughed out loud while writing that sentence, and I hope you all laughed out loud while reading it.

In case it’s been so long you don’t remember….

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