Mets LHP Steven Matz may miss his next start due to a bone spur in his left elbow, according to multiple reports.
Matz underwent an MRI on Monday that revealed a bone spur in his pitching elbow.
Manager Terry Collins told reporters he is unsure if Matz will make his next scheduled start Wednesday against the Nationals. Should he be unable to pitch, Sean Gilmartin and Logan Verrett will be among pitchers considered for a spot start, according to the NY Post's Mike Puma.
After talking with people familiar with the situation, I believe the issue is essentially up to Matz to deal with or not. If he's able to tolerate it and successfully pitch through the condition, the doctors would likely say he's allowed to take the mound. But, if he can't tolerate the pain, or it impacts him physically, he can have surgery to remove the obstacle. It's literally a matter of pain and tolerance, which, frankly, is part of pitching.
Alderson, Collins and the rest of the staff will meet with Matz on Tuesday to discuss whether he can pitch with pain, shut it down for a few weeks or have the bone spur surgically removed.
The team's doctors are confident Matz cannot damage his elbow by pitching through the injury and could wait until after the season to remove the spur. However, there are personnel who are not sure how effective Matz can be with the pain, according to ESPN's Adam Rubin.
The 25-year-old rookie has felt discomfort in his elbow since his last start on Friday. He had pitched four scoreless innings before allowing six runs in the fifth inning, leaving the game with one out.
Matz and Collins told reporters on June 24 that the elbow is fine and that he experienced no pain during Friday's game.
"It's been tight, but it's fine," Matz later said, according to multiple reports.
Matz had felt elbow tightness during his start on June 19, but said he felt fine throwing a bullpen session a few days later.