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Matz looking to get back into form with B-Mets

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It's been a great 11 months for Steven Matz since he last pitched at NYSEG Stadium. That last game as a B-Met came in the Eastern League Championship clinching game in which he pitched 7.1 innings giving up just one hit in the 8th and striking out 11. He was charged with one run which was allowed to score by Hansel Robles, and given the no-decision. But as far as anyone in Binghamton was concerned, he might as well have been the winning pitcher.

Since then, Matz blew through Las Vegas before making his big league debut. Like the EL Title game, Matz was brilliant: 7.2 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 3 BB, 6 K. But the most impressive stat from that game was his offensive numbers: 3-3, 2B, 4 RBI. Some position players don't have those type of numbers in their first week in the bigs, let alone their first game, and Matz did it as a pitcher.

Matz made just one more start in the bigs before heading to the disabled list with a partially torn lat muscle. Since then, he was sidelined completely for several weeks and only just began his rehab assignment which took him to Single-A St. Lucie and now back to Binghamton.

While he says the rehab is more about how he feels and his command, his competitive nature will take over and he'll look to be at his best. Certainly, he hopes to get back to the majors to help the New York Mets down the home stretch, and to be at the same level he was before the injury.

"Everything was kind of just in sync," Matz said. "I kind of started right where I left off at the end of last season and just tried to fine tune everything throughout the whole season. That just kind of carried me up to my debut. Now it's just a matter of being patient and be just trust that everything is going to come back right where I left off. Can't try to force it or rush it, just have to be patient."

Matz will make a rehab start on Wednesday at home against Erie and is slated to throw around 60 pitches.