New York Mets pitcher Steven Matz was held out of an Aug. 19 start against the San Francisco Giants due to a shoulder injury that was determined to be tightness. He is on the disabled list and it is unclear when he will return to the mound.

Continue for updates.

Matz Placed on 15-Day DL

Monday, Aug. 22

The Mets announced the roster move, noting Rob Gsellman was recalled in his place.

Matz’s Diagnosis Revealed

Monday, Aug. 22

James Wagner of the New York Times reported that Matz’s examination showed “no structural damage.” He was diagnosed with a tight shoulder.

Matz to Miss Start with Shoulder ‘Discomfort’

Friday, Aug. 19

According to Adam Rubin of ESPN, Matz will be replaced by Seth Lugo on Friday.

Matz called the injury “discomfort” and said he is not concerned about it being a long-term issue.

Per Rubin, Matz also described how he picked up the ailment that will keep him off the mound Friday:

I was throwing on flat ground and I felt a little twinge in my shoulder. It was bothering me a little bit. And then, next day, I was throwing and I was still feeling it, so I didn’t throw my bullpen, hoping it would get better. I was just kind of taking it day by day. There’s some discomfort in there. I think you go through stuff all the time throughout a season, but it didn’t respond the way I’d like it to.

Matz Has Emerged as Key Piece to Mets Roster 

The 25-year-old lefty is enjoying a strong season with a 9-8 record, 3.40 ERA, 1.21 WHIP and 129 strikeouts in 132.1 innings.

Every win is key for the Mets at this point in the season as they attempt to close a considerable gap in the standings, and being without Matz could go a long way toward preventing them from playing postseason baseball in 2016.


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