Steven Matz is headed to the Mets' bullpen.
Manager Mickey Callaway revealed before Tuesday's game against the Yankees that Matz will be used as a reliever between now and the All-Star break.
Callaway anticipates that the move will be temporary, and expects Matz to be back in the rotation after the All-Star break, but also added, "we'll adjust that if we need to," leaving the door open.
"He's one of our top five starters at this point. We will do anything to try and win games," Callaway said. "Maybe he helps us win two games coming out to the pen."
Callaway is able to make the switch because the Mets were off on Monday and again on Thursday before finishing a three-game series against the Phillies this weekend before the All-Star break.
Matz has struggled on the mound lately, having allowed 13 runs combined in his last two starts, failing to pitch beyond the fifth inning. He was used out of the bullpen on Saturday, but also was not sharp, allowing two runs on three hits over two innings of work.
The worst of Matz' problems have come in the first inning this year. He has allowed 19 first inning runs in 15 starts this season, including 27 hits and 10 home runs.
The Mets do need help in their bullpen, too. They entered Tuesday 28th in the majors in bullpen ERA (5.58) and a league-leading 21 blown saves.
In addition to adding Matz to the pen, the Mets also returned Jeurys Familia and Justin Wilson from the IL on Tuesday.