WASHINGTON — Steven Matz’s physical issues could extend beyond a routine “dead arm” phase.
A day after the Mets left-hander was hammered for seven runs and knocked out in the first inning against the Nationals and said he was dealing with “stuff,” manager Mickey Callaway revealed the left-hander has forearm discomfort and will be examined in New York. Matz’s beatdown was the beginning of a long night for the Mets, who sustained a franchise-worst 25-4 loss at Nationals Park.
“He did mention after the game that he had a little tightness or discomfort in his forearm,” Callaway said Wednesday. “I think we will get him checked out and go from there.”
Matz had previously indicated to team officials that he was dealing with dead arm for his last few starts. Matz has struggled since July 12, a stretch in which his ERA has ballooned from 3.31 to 4.35.
“There had been no discomfort like we heard after the game last night,” Callaway said. “But he was dealing with the dead arm a little bit, which every pitcher goes through. We’ll get him checked out and go from there.”
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