Steven Matz On Track to Return on Thursday

As per Matt Ehalt of The Record, New York Mets injured left-hander Steven Matz threw three innings (56 pitches) in a simulated game on Saturday and is on schedule to start this Thursday in the series-opener in Philadelphia.

Matz, 27, hit the 10-day disabled list on August 3 (retroactive to August 1) with a flexor pronator strain in his left throwing arm.

The lefty has a 4.35 earned-run average in 21 starts this season with an 89 ERA+, 8.3 strikeouts and 3.4 walks per nine innings, respectively, and a 4.74 fielding independent pitching rating.

Matz has been a bit inconsistent this season but seemed to be making strides under the tutelage of Mets skipper Mickey Callaway and pitching coach Dave Eiland.

On Friday, Callaway spoke to Anthony DiComo of MLB.com about the possibility of employing a six-man rotation when Matz returns.

“We have options. There are a lot of things we can do, I think we want to see [Corey Oswalt] pitch tomorrow and then sit down and really see exactly what we want to do with all of our players after that.”

Oswalt, 24, has a 5.13 ERA and 1.05 WHIP through his first seven MLB appearances but has looked more comfortable over his last few outings.

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