Steven Matz did not start. Instead, Persio Reyes took his spot in the rotation. According to K-Mets manager Jose Leger, Matz has been shut down for a few days as he "was feeling some muscle tightness. His shoulder was tight and so was his trap." He has not thrown in the last week, and will not until his muscle relaxes and loosens up. In his last 18 innings in the Appalachian League, Matz had 23 strikeouts and eight walks, while allowing just five hits and zero runs. Matz has made a pretty exciting return from Tommy John surgery with better velocity than the pre-surgical version of himself, but while this does not sound too serious yet, any shutdown, for a guy who has had multiple ones already, is concerning.
Gavin Cecchini left the game early after getting hit by a pitch in the top of the sixth. He was hit on the fingers on a pitch up and in. His fingers were according to Leger, "bruised up and swollen" as the pitch "got him pretty bad." All that said, the team does not believe the fingers are broken, and he should be back in just a few days. The 2012 first round pick had hit safely in five straight games with three extra-base hits in that time and was sitting at .250/.326/.371 in 34 games for Kingsport.
Wednesday, 19-year old CF Brad Marquez (pictured) was 1-for-4 in his ninth game with the K-Mets. Now, the bad news. He's headed back to Texas Tech for football season, after a quad injury limited him to nine professional games this summer. He will return to the Mets, and extended spring training next May as a 20-year old. He's a work in progress in centerfield, but at this point, can compensate for routes with top-shelf speed.