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Mets pull Steven Matz from start

Seth Lugo will get the ball in San Francisco instead.

San Diego Padres v New York Mets Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images

The Mets rotation has been riddled with holes all season. Set to make his next scheduled start against the Giants tonight, Steven Matz has become the latest scratch in need of a spot starter.

Matz, along with fellow Mets starter Noah Syndergaard, was revealed to have been suffering through an onset of bone spurs in his throwing elbow. The spur was categorized as “not small” back in late June, after Matz had been throwing with it for months. A bout with shoulder discomfort will keep him off the field tonight. In six starts since the All-Star break, he’s posted a 3.47 ERA with 4.88 SO/W, throwing 7.1 shut-out innings against the Padres in his last start, taking a no-hitter into the eighth.

His sudden malady is a shame, given the optimism floating around Matz just yesterday in the New York Times:

Deep into his first full major league season, Matz’s elbow has reacted to pitching and treatment in unexpected ways.

“I’m pretty surprised at how it’s responded, and I’m really happy with it,” said Matz, a left-handed starter.

Lugo has appeared in nine games (and 17 innings) for the Mets this season, in which he’s allowed 5 ER, 10 H, 6 BB, and 16 SO, but has made no starts. His ERA with Triple A Las Vegas this year, for whom he has made 14 starts, is at 6.50 through 73.1 innings. He’ll be toeing the rubber against the Giants’ Johnny Cueto—no small order.

Despite this abrupt change in the day’s plans, the Mets will be reactivating Yoenis Cespedes and Asdrubal Cabrera before tonight’s game.