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Steven Matz will make one more rehab start in Double-A

Mets rookie lefthander Steven Matz makes his third

Mets rookie lefthander Steven Matz makes his third rehab start on Wednesday, Aug. 26, 2015 for the Double-A Binghamton Mets. Photo Credit: Binghamton Mets

PHILADELPHIA - Steven Matz will make another rehab start in Double-A Binghamton on Monday, according to the Mets.

The outing will be Matz's last in the minors before the lefthander is recalled when rosters expand on Tuesday.

The Ward Melville product has not pitched in the majors since July 5. After going 2-0 with a 1.32 ERA in his first two major-league outings, he landed on the disabled list with a partially torn lat muscle in his left side.

Matz, 24, remains in line to return as the Mets enter the homestretch of their first postseason push since 2008.

In his last rehab start on Wednesday, Matz tossed six shutout innings. He showed improved command, throwing 41 of 56 pitches for strikes, and his fastball sat in the mid-90s. He struck out six and did not walk a batter.

Layoff? No problem

Matt Harvey's roughest starts have come after longer-than-usual layoffs -- precisely the situation he faces in Friday night's series opener against the Red Sox.

But manager Terry Collins believes the extra rest will have a positive effect on Harvey, whose last turn on Sunday was skipped to keep him within his mandated innings limits.

"At this particular time, the rest was good for him . . . he was getting tired," Collins said.

Harvey last pitched Aug. 16, when he allowed one run in six innings against the Pirates. He did not factor in the decision.

No trade brewing

One of the Mets' few vulnerable spots might be the bridge to setup man Tyler Clippard and closer Jeurys Familia.

But a source said the Mets are unlikely to trade for another reliever by the end of the month, when players must be in the organization to be eligible for the postseason.

Instead, likely September call-ups such as Erik Goeddel and Dario Alvarez could have a chance to work themselves into the mix. Logan Verrett, who pitched a scoreless inning Thursday night, also could factor in.


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