Monday, Mets pitching coordinator Ron Romanick explained that Steven Matz is still "working his way back."
As Metsmerized online reported, Matz felt that his elbow "wasn't feeling right," this spring, and he went to see Dr. James Andrews.
Romanick provided a little more detail: "He's on a throwing program now. We're trying to work him back on a mound. He's had his setbacks."
The coordinator liked what he has seen from Matz when has thrown. He's got "electric stuff," he said. "Mid-90s fastball with a plus breaking ball. Got a nice changeup now. Again, we're trying to get him over the hump and out to a club and let him compete. The arm lets you know where he's at. Here's a kid where he works real hard and he's going to avail himself to break healthy and get his career going.
Romanick was coy about where the Mets were likely to send Matz when he is healthy enough to pitch in a game, but it sounded like Kingsport or Brooklyn is likelier than full-season Savannah, "The talent is there, but the experience is not. So, probably the conservative approach. Once you send 'em out, wherever they go, they tell you where they're going to go after that."