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Steven Matz, Seth Lugo likely to start against Braves next weekend

New York Mets starting pitcher Steven Matz looks

New York Mets starting pitcher Steven Matz looks on from the dugout against the Atlanta Braves onOpening Day game on Monday, April 3, 2017 at Citi Field. Photo Credit: Jim McIsaac

The cavalry is coming for the Mets’ beleaguered starting rotation, though it’s unclear precisely what that cavalry will provide.

Lefthander Steven Matz and righthander Seth Lugo are expected to be activated off the disabled list in time for starts next weekend against the Braves, Terry Collins said. The club is expected to carry an extra reliever as insurance for Matz and Lugo, both of whom are coming back from elbow ailments.

“Right now, because we’re not really sure how much Steven and Seth, how far they’re going to be able to go or how they can handle things, you probably need some assurance that you have some backup,” Collins said before Saturday night’s game against the Pirates. “So we’re certainly going to take a look at that. But we are pretty confident that our rotation is going to start getting it going and we’re going to need it.”

Lugo allowed one run in seven innings Saturday in his final rehab start for Double-A Binghamton. He threw 97 pitches and struck out eight with no walks. Matz allowed five runs and eight hits in 4 1⁄3 innings, striking out five, walking none and throwing 90 pitches, on Saturday night for Triple-A Las Vegas.

With Matz and Lugo ticketed for the rotation, Tyler Pill could wind up back in the minors after his scheduled start Sunday. Robert Gsellman is headed to the bullpen after one more start.

Collins said Gsellman could wind up throwing high-leverage innings for a bullpen that has suffered from overwork early in the season.

“From what I saw from him when we had him in the bullpen briefly, he’s a strike- thrower, and I like that,” Collins said of Gsellman, who already has had one stint in the bullpen this season. “I think with the way our bullpen has shaped up right now, there’s going to be times we’re going to need him to pitch the seventh inning or the eighth inning.”

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