Mets LHP Steven Matz, who had surgery last August to reposition the ulnar nerve in his left elbow, began throwing in early-December and threw his fifth bullpen session of the offseason on Friday.
"I'm feeling really good mentally," Matz said. "When you can get that many bullpens coming into camp, I think mentally it's definitely a relief."
Jacob deGrom had the same surgery on his right elbow in 2016 that Matz had in August. He returned healthy in 2017, made 31 starts and eclipsed 200 innings for the first time in his career.
Regarding working under new manager Mickey Callaway, who is one of the few managers in baseball who used to be a pitcher, Matz is looking forward to it.
"If anything, it will be better," Matz said. "If it's different in any way, it' will be better for us as pitchers"
"I think they're great," Matz added about Callaway and new pitching coach Dave Eiland. "They seem really organized, really fired up, really confident that we're going to win with this team."
And Matz shares their confidence that the Mets will rebound after their injury-ravaged 2017 season.
"You can just kind of feel the atmosphere around this place," he said. "There's a lot of excitement."
Noah, Lugo, Familia and Matz down in PSL pic.twitter.com/SilTNCDN0V- SportsNet New York (@SNYtv) February 9, 2018