The Mets announced Thursday that Steven Matz has hit the IL with radial nerve discomfort, but it doesn't appear he will be there too long.
According to SNY's Andy Martino, Matz is "progressing well," and if that continues, he should be able to return to the mound on Thursday against the Nationals.
Matz initially received a cortisone shot after undergoing tests on his elbow in his last start against the Brewers. The tests revealed no structural damage, but manager Mickey Callaway noted earlier this week that Matz had been dealing with a nerve issue in his forearm for around two weeks. It reached its peak when Matz couldn't throw his bullpen session.
Matz has done well for the Mets so far, owning a 3.86 ERA and 1.20 WHIP over seven starts. He was hit hard in his last start, though, allowing three runs on nine hits (including two homers) while striking out three and walking one over 5.2 innings.
So while Matz works his way back, Dom Smith is quickly back up with the big club. He was surprisingly sent down to Triple-A Syracuse last week for Adeiny Hechavarria, but he now gets his chance to show them why that may not have been the best move.
Smith has had a hot start to the season, hitting .333/.459/.400 with two doubles and four RBI in 37 plate appearances. He was also the Mets' only left-handed bat on the bench, a role he will take over once again when he makes the quick trip back to Citi Field.
The 23-year-old played just two games with the Syracuse Mets, with his latest a 2-for-5 performance with a double and RBI on Wednesday night.