Mets LHP Steven Matz allowed five runs in 1 + innings of work on Tuesday against the Astros in what was his first start since undergoing elbow surgery last August.
Matz retired the side in order in the first inning, with his fastball sitting around 93 MPH.
He struggled in the second inning, allowing three runs (one on a bases-loaded walk and two more on a bloop single to right field) without recording an out, before being removed for RHP Corey Taylor, who allowed both inherited runners to score.
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 tossed a career-high 201.1 innings while striking out a career-high 239 batters.
The 26-year-old Matz had a 6.08 ERA (5.05 FIP) and 1.53 WHIP with 48 strikeouts in 66.2 innings last season, when he regularly skipped between-starts side sessions due to the pain in his elbow.
He had a 3.40 ERA and 1.20 WHIP in 132.1 innings in 2016, after posting a 2.27 ERA and 1.23 WHIP in 35.2 innings in 2015 during what was his rookie season.
If everyone remains healthy, Matz is expected to be in the starting rotation along with Jacob deGrom, Noah Syndergaard, Jason Vargas, and Matt Harvey.