Mets LHP Steven Matz has avoided the injured list for now after undergoing tests on his elbow and receiving a cortisone shot, manager Mickey Callaway said before Monday's game against the Padres.
Matz will not make Wednesday's scheduled start after he traveled back to New York with a nerve issue in his forearm. Callaway said the newly-acquired Wilmer Font could be an option to start Wednesday, though the team hasn't made anything official yet.
Tests did not reveal any structural damage in Matz's elbow, SNY's Andy Martino reported, which the team views as optimistic.
The Mets want to give Matz a chance to pitch before he would be eligible to come off the IL, however there is still the possibility the team places him on the IL to make room for Font on the 25-man roster on Tuesday.
Matz had been dealing with a nerve issue in his forearm for about two weeks and was unable to throw his most recent bullpen session, Callaway said after Sunday's loss to the Brewers.
"At this point today, when it was bothering him today, we figured we better go get it checked out," Callaway said on Sunday.
The Mets have a day off on Thursday, and given Matz and Jason Vargas, who was officially placed on the injured list on Monday, are hurt, the Mets have the option of going with a four-man rotation this turn through. That means they would only need to piece together one start at most.
Last August, Matz dealt with a flexor pronator strain in his left forearm that forced him onto the disabled list for two weeks. He also underwent surgery to reposition his ulnar nerve in his pitching elbow in August 2017, one that ended his season but allowed him to be ready for 2018.
In seven starts this year, Matz has a 3.86 ERA and 1.20 WHIP with 32 strikeouts in 35 innings.