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Mets Injury update: Steven Matz set to return

The Mets have been without Steven Matz since July 5th, but he appears ready to return.

The Mets have arguably the best trio of pitchers in baseball with Matt Harvey, Jacob deGrom, and Noah Syndergaard. They've helped propel New York to the top of the NL East, and within the next week or so, they should be getting some reinforcements.

Steven Matz made two starts with the big league club before being placed on the DL with a slight tear in his lat muscle. In 13.2 innings, Matz was fantastic, and posted a K/9 of 9.22 to go along with an ERA of 1.32. Unfortunately his rehab has taken longer than the Mets originally expected, but he appears ready to make his return soon.

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr"><a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Mets?src=hash">#Mets</a> plan to have Steven Matz make another Double-A start either Monday or Tuesday. Presumably up after that.</p>&mdash; David Lennon (@DPLennon) <a href="https://twitter.com/DPLennon/status/637014600752496640">August 27, 2015</a></blockquote>

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Matz's timing couldn't be any better, as the Mets are running into some innings limits with two of their vaunted trio; however with another starter back, they'll go to a six man rotation to help alleviate some of their respective workloads. With Matz back in the fold it won't be necessary for Harvey to miss any additional starts, however the plan for Syndergaard isn't as clear.

Jon Niese has done a tremendous job since Matz went down with an injury, and owns an ERA of 2.81 since July 6th (excluding his most recent start, which took place in Colorado). The Mets have an 86.7 percent chance of making the playoffs according to FanGraphs, and if they do, could make a deep October run with their above average pitching staff.