NEW YORK — LHP Steven Matz's back injury could prevent the Mets rookie from starting against the Dodgers in the NL Division Series.
New York said Matz woke Tuesday with a sore back. His start was pushed back at first by a day to Thursday and then he was scratched. Now the Mets are not counting on him to pitch this weekend.
"I think the concern level has certainly gone up," general manager Sandy Alderson said. "I probably downplayed it a little too much at the outset based on hope rather than on information."
Matz did not pitch for the Mets between July 5 and Sept. 6 because of a partial muscle tear on his left side. He has not appeared in a game since Sept. 24.
"Right now, I don't see how he's going to be ready to pitch this weekend," Mets manager Terry Collins said. "Then we've got to get him to the Instructional League and get him some work."
Matt Harvey, Jacob deGrom and Noah Syndergaard figure to be in the rotation, and Bartolo Colon, 42, would be Matz's replacement. New York won't have to submit its Division Series roster until the morning of the opener next Friday.
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