The Mets placed lefthander Steven Matz on the roster for the National League Division Series against the Dodgers on Friday.
They made the move after Matz played catch with no issues at the team's complex in Port St. Lucie, Florida, one day after pitching in a simulated game.
The 24-year-old Ward Melville High School product threw 80 pitches in an instructional league scrimmage on Thursday in Port St. Lucie to test his troublesome back. Matz said he felt fine after Thursday's workout.StoryThe day Matz faced Stroman in high school
" feel like I could pitch today," he told Newsday on Friday.
Manager Terry Collins said the Mets won't decide whether Matz will make a start until Game 3. The schedule allows for the Mets to use Jacob deGrom on short rest in Game 4 .
"You've got to wait to see what happens, if you get to Game 4 and what it means and where we're at," Collins said.
Matz is 4-0 in six big-league starts with a 2.27 ERA but also missed nearly two months with a partially torn lat muscle. His latest back issue forced the Mets to scrub his last scheduled start. Matz has not started since Sept. 24, meaning that a potential Game 4 start would come after a layoff of nearly three weeks.