It seems the Mets just cannot get healthy. Every time a player is set to resume baseball activities, something happens to derail them yet again. If a player does not get derailed, then another player does down.
Mets beat writer Anthony DiComo posted this in a tweet:
So to recap, the Mets now fear both Neil Walker and Steven Matz could be done, or at least severely compromised, for the rest of the season.
— Anthony DiComo (@AnthonyDiComo) August 30, 2016
While there is no disabled list trip yet for Neil Walker, issues with his back has caused management to be worried. Manager Terry Collins said Walker has been dealing with the pain for most of August. Walker will most likely play on a part-time basis with Collins giving him as much rest possible.
The Mets are already in a bind with players. There is zero depth on that bench. Asdrubal Cabrera will play tonight, but he is in no better condition with a bum knee. One wrong play and he is out as well.
Matz is dealing with shoulder stiffness. Adam Rubin over at ESPNNewYork.com says the pitcher is scratched for Thursday and will force Jacob deGrom, who has had his own issues, to move up a day. The good news surrounding the kid is there is no structural damage to the shoulder and no surgery will be required.
When asked if he will pitch again this season, Matz responded:
“Yeah. I believe so.”
“My arm is feeling great.”
Rafael Montero has been sent back down to Triple-A as Logan Verrett comes back to the team to help bolster the bullpen. Verrett has had his troubles as a starter for the team with a 5.36 ERA in 30 games. He was a starter for at least 12 of those games.
Collins says Michael Conforto will be among those coming to Flushing when rosters expand on Thursday. No word on if the outfielder on the role he will play: starter or coming off the bench.