PHILADELPHIA -- Mets rookie left-hander Steven Matz makes his third rehab start on Wednesday night, when he pitches for Double-A Binghamton. Matz is only scheduled to throw 60 pitches, so he likely will need at least one additional minor league outing before being activated from the disabled list.
The Mets want to see better pitch location from Matz anyway before he rejoins the major league club, although Matz feels healthy as he works back from a lat muscle strain.
Aces aligned: While the Nationals have purposely lined up Max Scherzer, Jordan Zimmermann and Stephen Strasburg for a Sept. 7-9 showdown in D.C. against the Mets, the Amazin's also basically have their studs aligned for that series. Jonathon Niese, Matt Harvey and Jacob deGrom are scheduled to face the Nats in that series simply by the way the rotation falls.
Alibi: It turns out DeGrom was sick on Monday, when he allowed a career-high seven runs in a career-low 2 2/3 innings against the Philadelphia Phillies. DeGrom woke up ill that morning, but insisted he was pretty much fine during his outing. He did require intravenous fluids on Tuesday, the day after the start.
Wright stuff: Mets manager Terry Collins expects David Wright to play the next three games after giving him Wednesday off.
Over? Collins does not expect any spillover from Tuesday's hostilities, which included Phillies bench coach Larry Bowa getting ejected after strenuously objecting to a quick pitch from Hansel Robles to Darin Ruf.
"They had seven at-bats to retaliate," Collins said, referring to the remainder of Tuesday's game.
Collins and Bowa spoke during batting practice Wednesday.
During the hullabaloo, Bowa appeared to threaten Murphy with getting hit by a pitch. Murphy admired a home run on Monday.
Collins said bat flips are so widely practiced these days, there's no use getting upset, although he understands where Bowa and Jeff Francoeur are coming from. Collins added that he does not approve of batters standing at home plate to admire their blasts, but he does not think Murphy is that type of player.