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2017 FANTASY BASEBALL INJURY FALLOUT: STEVEN MATZ CONFIRMED TO BEGIN YEAR ON DL
Already facing long odds to be ready for the start of the 2017 season, New York Mets lefty Steven Matz will begin the year on the disabled list with elbow irritation. Matz was able to throw a side session both Monday and Tuesday but manager Terry Collins and GM Sandy Alderson wanted to take the safe route at the beginning of the season. As a result, Robert Gsellman moves up to the fourth spot in the rotation and then Zach Wheeler will now have a good chance to claim the fifth spot. Gsellman is already carving out a nice sleeper upside for himself based on his excellent second half debut in 2016 and terrific spring training and Wheeler of course was once a top power pitching prospect. Both are worth a look in moderately-sized mixed leagues. As far as Matz is concerned, same story as always here with regards to his excellent talent being overshadowed by injury.