MILWAUKEE - For now, the Mets don't think Daisuke Matsuzaka will need surgery. But to know for sure, they must wait until the inflammation in his right elbow dies down before doctors can get a better look for structural damage.
"I hope it's not that severe, where the rest and the rehab will be fine," Mets manager Terry Collins said.
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The Mets placed the 33-year-old Matsuzaka on the 15-day disabled list with elbow inflammation before Saturday night's game against the Brewers. But Collins said the Mets already expect Matsuzaka's absence to linger past the 15 days.
"He needs to rest the elbow," Collins said. "The inflammation needs to really subside to get a better idea of what's going on. I think it will be at least seven to 10 days without throwing and we'll have more say."
Versatility has been Matsuzaka's calling card this season. He has a 3.87 ERA in 741/3 innings as both starter and reliever. To take Matsuzaka's spot, the Mets recalled righthander Buddy Carlyle from Triple-A Las Vegas.
Slumping centerfielder Juan Lagares was benched Saturday. Since returning from the disabled list on June 26, Lagares is hitting .230 with 21 strikeouts and just two walks in 87 at-bats.
Lagares said the primary culprit has been strike zone discipline. "Right now, I'm chasing too much," he said, "That happens. But you just stay positive, keep working, see what happens. It's a long season. We have two more months. You never know what's going to happen."
Wilmer Flores started at shortstop for the second time in three days after Ruben Tejada was hit in the helmet by a Taijuan Walker fastball in Seattle . . . After Friday's 3-2 win, The Mets upped their record in one-run games to 16-21.