Mets LHP Steven Matz pitched 56 pitches during a simulated game on Saturday and is expected to return to the team's rotation on Thursday, reports Matt Ehalt of NorthJersey.com.
Matz is recovering from a flexor pronator strain in his left forearm, which has sidelined him for multiple starts.
"Just going out there and treating it like a start day and seeing how the elbow responded. It responded really well," Matz said, according to NorthJersey.com. "I felt nothing wrong and I feel like I'm right where I need to be."
On Saturday, Mets manager Mickey Callaway did not rule out the chance of using a six-man rotation upon Matz's return, with Corey Oswalt in the mix. Matz's scheduled return on Thursday coincides with a doubleheader.
Oswalt was promoted to replace Matz when he landed on the DL.
Matz allowed seven runs in 0.2 innings in his last start and said after the game that he had been going through a 'dead arm' period during his last three starts.
The 27-year-old Matz had surgery on his pitching elbow last August, which was the same surgery Jacob deGrom underwent after the 2016 season.
During the surgery, Matz' ulnar nerve was moved in order to relieve discomfort. He had been pitching through significant pain at times during the 2017 season. He also underwent a Tommy John surgery in May of 2010.
Before his ERA spiked from 3.79 to 4.35 during Tuesday night's shellacking, Matz had been putting together the most complete season of his career. He has pitched 107.2 innings so far in 2018.