Steven Matz avoided the injury bug for a good portion of the 2018 season, but just like almost every Met at some point this year, he's headed to the disabled list. The Mets placed Matz on the 10-day DL Friday with a flexor pronator strain in his left elbow. Corey Oswalt is back up from Las Vegas to replace him.
Luckily, MRIs reveleaed that Matz's arm has no structural damage. The Mets are playing it safe here as they should in a lost season as they just wait for it to end as they hope to get back in contention next season. This is Matz's fifth DL stint in four years, all pertaining to the left side of his upper body: lat, shoulder, elbow, elbow, elbow.
Matz is 5-9 with a 4.35 ERA in 21 starts, one shy of his career high set in 2016. The southpaw was coming off the worst start of his season, giving up seven runs in just 2/3 of an inning against the Nationals in the Mets 25-4 embarrassing, historic loss Tuesday. Matz had a 3.38 ERA in the first half, but has struggled since the break.
Oswalt will make the spot start Sunday against the Braves to replace him. The right-hander has been solid when filling in to start this season, giving up three runs or less in all four of his starts in July.