Seth Lugo and Steven Matz will return to the starting rotation and pitch next weekend, Terry Collins confirmed on Sunday.
Collins said earlier in the week that Matz and Lugo were on target to return next weekend, pending any setbacks, but said following Saturday's rehab outings that the pitchers were "definitely in." One of the pitchers will pitch in the second game of the team's doubleheader in Atlanta on Saturday, while the other will pitch in the series finale on Sunday, Collins said.
Lugo allowed one run on six hits in seven innings for Double-A Binghamton on Saturday, while Matz allowed five runs on eight hits for Triple-A Las Vegas. Matz struck out five and did not walk a batter.
"He didn't walk anybody and when you don't walk anybody in Reno, that's good," Collins said, adding that he had not talked to anyone in Las Vegas about Matz's start. "When you pitch in Reno, Vegas, Colorado Springs, you've pretty much got to take for granted that you're going to give up runs."
Robert Gsellman, who earned the win on Saturday, will likely moving to the bullpen, GM Sandy Alderson said on Monday. However, Collins said Gsellman will pitch the first game of the team's doubleheader on Saturday.