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Articles tagged: Steven Matz

Mets owner Steve Cohen rips Steven Matz’s agent

Mets owner Steve Cohen

New York Mets owner Steve Cohen on Wednesday sparked another controversy via his social media activity.

Cohen tweeted his frustration with an agent for “unprofessional behavior.”

The tweet was regarding the agent for pitcher Steven Matz.

Matz agreed to a 4-year, $44 million deal with the St. Louis Cardinals on Tuesday.

Cohen later explained his issues with Matz and the pitcher’s representatives in more detail. The Mets owner told reporter Joel Sherman that it was Matz’s side that reached out to them and said the Mets were the pitcher’s first choice.

Maybe the Cardinals ended up offering Matz more and that’s why he chose them. Regardless, Cohen feels like he got played by Matz’s agent.

Matz’s agent Rob Martin offered a statement to Ken Rosenthal regarding the situation:

Since buying the team, Cohen has been vocal when it comes to expressing issues. He ripped his team over the summer regarding their poor hitting results. He also went public about issues with a draft pick.

Matz, 30, went 14-7 with a 3.82 ERA for the Blue Jays last season. He pitched for the Mets from 2015-2020 and was a 2nd-round pick by the team in 2009.

Photo: Sep 11, 2021; New York City, New York, USA; New York Mets majority owner Steve Cohen and his wife Alexandra Cohen at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports

Report: Yankees, Mets have discussed Steven Matz trade

Steven Matz

The New York Yankees have some injury problems in their rotation, and they may turn to their crosstown rivals to try to acquire a stopgap.

According to Mike Puma and Ken Davidoff of the New York Post, the Yankees have contacted the New York Mets with interest in pitcher Steven Matz.

Matz is battling for the final spot in the Mets’ rotation. While the Mets are open to listening, there appears to be little momentum toward a deal at this time, as the Mets would want an MLB-ready position player in return.

The Yankees are down multiple starters. Domingo German is serving a suspension for domestic abuse, while James Paxton is likely out for at least a month or two after undergoing back surgery. The latest news is probably the biggest blow yet to their pitching staff.

The Yankees don’t have a lot of options this early in the season. They are, at the very least, scouring the trade market for help.

Tests confirm nerve issue for Steven Matz, no structural damage

Steven Matz

New York Mets pitcher Steven Matz returned home following his start against the Milwaukee Brewers on Friday to undergo tests on his pitching arm, and the results sound like they were positive from a long-term perspective.

According to Jon Heyman of Fancred, tests confirmed that is is a nerve issue that has been affecting Matz — not any type of structural damage to his elbow. While the left-hander is likely to miss at least one start, the Mets are not overly concerned about the injury.

Matz underwent surgery to remove the lunar nerve in his left arm during the 2017 season, and it’s unclear if the latest issue is related to that. He also suffered a more unusual injury early last season that resulted in him missing some time.

In seven starts this season, Matz is 3-2 with a 3.86 ERA.

Steven Matz injured pitching hand on a swing and miss

Steven Matz

There are a number of reasons many people believe the designated hitter should be adopted by the National League, but one of them is the fact that pitchers can be very, very fragile people.

On Tuesday, New York Mets pitcher Steven Matz was forced to leave a game in which he was dominating after he injured the middle finger on his pitching hand. But it wasn’t one of the 42 pitches he threw that caused the discomfort — it was the embarrassing swinging strike he had in the top of the fourth when the bat flew out of his hands and toward the on-deck circle.

“I didn’t feel anything at first, I just went and got my bat, obviously it didn’t affect me,” Matz told reporters, via Kristie Ackert of the New York Daily News. “Then standing on second base started to throb out there. I threw a couple pitches and felt it. (Catcher) Devin (Mesoraco) kind of noticed and called them out there.”

Matz had allowed just one hit over three innings at the time he exited. With Noah Syndergaard having been placed on the disabled list earlier this week, an injury to another starter is the last thing the Mets need.

Believe it or not, we have seen some pretty significant injuries to players that were the result of nothing but a swing. Hopefully what Matz is dealing with is something closer to a strain.

Report: Steven Matz pitching through elbow issue, may need surgery

Steven Matz

The New York Mets have an explanation for why pitcher Steven Matz has struggled so much in 2017.

According to Marc Carig of Newsday, Matz may require elbow surgery to repair a nerve issue similar to the one that felled Jacob deGrom last season.

Matz has been a mess all season, posting a 6.08 ERA in 13 starts. That’s a far cry from the 3.40 mark he posted last season.

If there is any good news for the Mets, it’s that deGrom, who had his surgery last September, came back in 2017 to post a 3.49 ERA and lead the National League in innings pitched. It’s just a shame Matz pushed through the pain instead of getting the medical help he probably needed weeks or months ago.

Steven Matz staying at parents’ house during World Series

Steven Matz

Steven Matz has a grown man’s job ahead of him: The task of trying to beat the Kansas City Royals in the World Series. Despite being an adult with serious responsibilities, Matz is not too old to stay with his parents.

The 24-year-old New York Mets pitcher is from Long Island and will be commuting from his parents’ Stony Brook home for his World Series start in Game 4 on Saturday:

Matz was drafted out of high school in the second round in 2009 and was spectacular in the minors until being called up this year. He has battled a few different injuries this season but made four starts in September and two so far in the playoffs. He’s 0-1 with a 3.77 ERA in the postseason after going 4-0 with a 2.27 ERA in the regular season.

Perhaps the friendly and familiar environment of his parents’ home in Stony Brook will help him focus for his big task ahead on Saturday. And if this famous New York athlete has shown us anything, it’s that nobody should be ashamed of their living situation.