Flushing, NY (SportsNetwork.com) – New York Mets pitcher Steven Matz was diagnosed with a partial tear of the lat muscle on his left side Thursday and will not throw for three weeks.
The 24-year-old rookie received a PRP injection Thursday and will be re-examined at a later date.
Matz dealt with a sore lat muscle following his major league debut against the Reds on June 28, but was cleared to pitch. He went 2-0 with a 1.32 earned-run average over his first two career starts.
Prior to his call-up from Triple-A Las Vegas, Matz led the Pacific Coast League in both earned run average (2.19) and strikeouts (94) while posting a 7-4 record in 15 games (14 starts) this season. The 2009 second-round pick owns a 2.28 ERA over 66 career professional appearances, all but one of which have been starts.