PHILADELPHIA — The forgotten man from the Mets’ original rotation this season will return Friday.
It’s been a year to forget for Steven Matz — who sputtered early, got demoted to the bullpen then hit the injured list. Now the left-hander will just try to rinse a sour 2020 taste from his mouth with potentially two opportunities to show the Mets something.
Matz will start against the Braves at Citi Field, after manager Luis Rojas adjusted his rotation to add a fifth starter after skipping Michael Wacha the last time through. David Peterson is receiving an extra day of rest and will pitch Saturday.
The last time Matz pitched, he provided the Mets with one inning of shutout relief at Yankee Stadium on Aug. 29. The following day he was placed on the IL with left shoulder bursitis.
In six appearances this season, five of them as a starter, Matz is 0-4 with an 8.63 ERA. It has come after a strong second half for Matz last season in which he emerged as a dependable back end of the rotation piece.
Rojas would like to believe Matz had begun getting straightened out following his demotion to the bullpen.
“It was a one-inning…