Mets say Matz, Lugo will each make another rehab start

  • Mets say Matz, Lugo will each make another rehab start

Mets say Matz, Lugo will each make another rehab start

So far, the Mets' rotation has struggled overall, and one can't help but think they might have mad a mistake a few years ago.

Alderson announced that pitchers Steven Matz and Seth Lugo are very close to their comebacks.

Matz (left elbow inflammation) tossed five flawless innings for Triple-A Las Vegas, striking out eight against El Paso in a 73-pitch outing.

"He's an extraordinary athlete and we need to make sure that he maintains that athleticism and does so on a day-to-day, week-to-week basis", said Alderson. Cespedes originally landed on the disabled list in late April with a left hamstring injury, but he was held out of a rehab game over the weekend with right quad soreness. "A five ERA in the bullpen, a lot of people can help us".

Jeurys Familia (blood clot) said he expects to return this season.

Terry Collins said that if doctors say Lugo is good to go, there will likely be no restrictions on the righty, who - much like Yankees starter Masahiro Tanaka - will have to pitch with a partial tear in his UCL.

Cespedes is now scheduled to take his first live at-bats on Tuesday and will return to the Port St. Lucie team complex until he is cleared to play, said officials from the Mets organization.

FILE - In this April 13, 2017, file photo, New York Mets' Yoenis Cespedes hits a home run during the third inning of a baseball game against the Miami Marlins in Miami. While cautioning that this date was "conjecture", the Mets will have the DH for that series, making a ideal soft introduction for Cespedes, who went down with a hamstring injury on April 28. Contrary to some recent reports, however, Alderson said he doesn't blame manager Terry Collins for the slow start. Alderson said the injury "reappeared".