Matz said he experienced the discomfort after Monday's start against the Dodgers, in which the lefty tossed six innings of two-run ball to improve to 5-1 on the season. He told reporters he'll visit doctors in New York when the club returns from its current road trip, and said he's optimistic it's just soreness.
The Mets also downplayed the severity of the injury, noting that Matz had yet to undergo an MRI.
"It's just not worth it to risk it right now," said Matz, who later clarified that the issue is related to the forearm, and not directly the elbow itself.
The 24-year-old rookie continues to be a revelation for the pitching-rich Mets, authoring a stingy 2.86 ERA with 35 strikeouts in 34 2/3 innings. He debuted to strong results for the NL champions last year, going 4-0 with a 2.27 ERA across six starts.
Selected in the second round of the 2009 draft, Matz's minor-league debut was delayed two seasons after undergoing Tommy John surgery the following year.
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