Matz scratched from start with elbow discomfort

Irritation in the Matz’s elbow will cause the lefty to skip his next pitching appearance. With Opening Day just weeks away this issue could be troublesome as the Mets are trying to set spots in the starting rotation.

“It’s worrisome that he continues to be injured off and on,” Sandy Alderson said, referring to Matz’s. “That’s the difficulty. We don’t think it’s serious. On the other hand, starting pitchers are relied on every five days. I’m not sure exactly where this is going to take us.”

Matz also had issues with his left elbow last year when he missed several starts due to bone spurs in the elbow. Matz said that he felt the irritation after his last start against the Marlins, a start where he allowed five runs in four innings Wednesday against the Marlins.

Both the Mets and Matz do not think the injury is significant, but they are starting to look at other options to round out the rotation should Matz not be ready for Opening Day.

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