That’s right, the two starters that we haven’t seen yet this season should be back next weekend.
Both players had rehab outings on Saturday. After these outings, it was confirmed that Lugo and Matz are “definitely in” for next weekend. Collins even has their starts somewhat planned — one will get the second game of the doubleheader against Atlanta on Saturday and the other one will pitch the next game.
To make room in the rotation, one could assume that Tyler Pill will end up back in the minors. Additionally, Robert Gsellman will be moving to the bullpen. However, he will still start the first game of the doubleheaders on Saturday.
Gsellman was in fact not made aware that he will be returning to the bullpen until a reporter asked him about it post-win, and while wearing the crown, on Monday night.
Communication continues to be strong between the team and it’s players.
Anyways, Matz and Lugo will be a couple of great additions to the rotation. Both started their rehab assignments a couple of weeks ago, and it’s refreshing to hear that they went well. It’s also refreshing that these returns were sort of on track, as both Matz and Lugo were expected to return end of May — not too far off.
Of course, when the two return, the Mets are going to be cautious not to overwork them. Collins has already started this:
"“Right now, because we’re not really sure how much Steven and Seth, how far they’re going to be able to go or how they can handle things, you probably need some assurance that you have some backup. So we’re certainly going to take a look at that. But we are pretty confident that our rotation is going to start getting it going and we’re going to need it.”"
Well, I truly hope we can start being pretty confident about this rotation. Hopefully Matz and Lugo are the boost that’s needed. And hopefully their return is for good.