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Sunday, March 26, 2017

2017 FANTASY BASEBALL INJURY FALLOUT: STEVEN MATZ ALREADY INJURED, DEJA VU

                                                              

Here we go again.  It wouldn't be a fantasy baseball season without Steven Matz being injured and he didn't even get out of spring training before his latest health woe, this time irritation in his left pitching elbow.  Matz has been scratched from his latest spring start as a result and this was the same elbow that the lefty underwent surgery on last summer to remove a bone spur.  GM Sandy Alderson has already stated that nothing is structurally wrong with Matz' elbow but he also went on to say he doesn't understand why he continues to deal with problems in the joint.  What we can pretty much say though is that Matz simply can't stay healthy and that always undermines the very good annual upside he brings to the fantasy baseball table.  A highly-touted prospect, Matz already has had Tommy John surgery and a slew of other ailments that have resulted in procedures or long stints on the DL.  It could be that Matz' delivery is putting strain on his joints and leading to injury much in the way we see from Stephen Strasburg but for now, there is the strong chance he will be on the DL when the season gets underway.  That means Seth Lugo will join Robert Gsellman to round out the Met rotation to begin April.


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