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Steven Matz is close to returning to Mets

New York Mets pitcher Steven Matz massages his

New York Mets pitcher Steven Matz massages his arm in the dugout after pitching during the first inning of a rehab outing in a Florida State League baseball game against the Palm Beach Cardinals in Jupiter, Fla., Thursday, Aug. 20, 2015. Photo Credit: Phelan M. Ebenhack

DENVER - Steven Matz potentially could be back on the Citi Field mound as early as Sept. 1, and perhaps no later than the same week on the road.

Matz is scheduled to make his third rehab start Wednesday for Double-A Binghamton, and assistant general manager John Ricco said that will push his pitch count to roughly 60. As for the subsequent turn, Matz would be scheduled for 80 pitches, and Ricco didn't rule out he could throw those for the Mets.

"You could start him in that one," Ricco said. "I'm not sure what decision we'll make. Some of it will depend on how he looks and feels after the [third start]. Some of that will depend on where we are with the rotation at that time."

Matz threw 41 pitches in Thursday's outing, his second for Class A St. Lucie, and his fastball ranged from 91-94 mph. Matz has allowed seven hits in 32/3 innings, with one walk and three strikeouts. He's been on the disabled list since July 6 with a partially torn lat muscle in his left side.

Young Jr. reacquired

Looking to add some speed, the Mets reacquired Eric Young Jr. from the Braves in a cash deal. Young batted .169 (13-for-77) in 35 games for the Braves this season before ending up at Triple-A Gwinnett, where he was hitting .248 with 23 stolen bases in 67 games. The Mets sent him to Triple-A Las Vegas, with the expectation he could be called up when rosters expand Sept. 1.

"He's a guy we know pretty well," Ricco said. "And he brings a different dimension to our bench, certainly with his speed."

Wright wraps

David Wright went 0-for-4 and played six innings at third base Saturday to finish his rehab stay with St. Lucie. Wright batted .321 (9-for-28) without an extra-base hit during his eight-game stint and will join the Mets for 's series opener in Philadelphia.


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