The New York Mets have been dealt yet another blow as recent call-up and starting pitcher Steven Matz has suffered lat injury and will miss several weeks.
With Matz going down, the current six-man rotation the Mets had been fielded for the past few weeks will likely shift back to a five man rotation. Current ace, Matt Harvey, had already expressed displeasure towards the six man rotation that Manager Terry Collins had been fielding.
Matz made his big-league debut June 28 and allowed two runs in 7.2 in the Mets win, while also going 3-for-3 at the plate providing an offensive resurgence for a team that was in desperate need of it.
Matz then pitched six shutout innings and struck out eight against a dominant Los Angeles Dodgers team in his first start on the road. While New York has the pieces to cope with this loss, losing a promising rookie like Matz for a significant period of time is, however, a blow to the Mets, as they look to strengthen their campaign to win the NL East.