NEW YORK -- New York Mets fans can exhale. Steven Matz received "good news" during a visit to the Hospital for Special Surgery in Manhattan on Monday and has no apparent ligament issues, sources briefed on the matter told ESPN.com.
Matz had been scratched from Saturday's start in Colorado after feeling left forearm soreness that week.
Mets officials decided to keep Matz on the road trip for a full week after the symptoms first arose at Dodger Stadium rather than immediately dispatch him to New York, because they did not believe the issue was serious.
So when will Matz slot back into the rotation? That's not yet known, although a source said it's "unlikely" Matz would be pushed aggressively and face the Washington Nationals in Thursday's series finale, which was the earliest projected return. As a result, the expectation is that Noah Syndergaard, then Bartolo Colon and Matt Harvey will face Washington.