The news for the New York Mets that Daisuke Matsuzaka‘s stint on the disabled list may last longer than expected was a huge blow to the team. Matsuzaka has been a major part of the team’s overall improvement this season since he has filled many different roles from starting pitching to coming in relief out of the bullpen. The Mets have enough talent to cover Matsuzaka’s spot in the rotation, but he will certainly be missed in his long reliever role for the time being.
Matsuzaka has been placed on the DL with with inflammation in his elbow. It could just be a precautionary move, but it certainly doesn’t look good for him coming back any time soon. It is likely that the Mets will seek multiple opinions to decide what the next step is for the pitcher. He complained of elbow pain in his last outing in which he only pitched two innings and and gave up two home runs.
With the Mets likely to deal Bartolo Colon at the trade deadline, the need for Matsuzaka to get healthy quickly may become more pressing over the next few weeks. The Mets did not need a long reliever in Sunday’s game in which they beat the Brewers 2-0. Jacob deGrom was fantastic, as he has been recently. The team will hope for more quality starts like that one from deGrom and some of their other young arms in Matsuzaka’s absence, but Matsuzaka’s veteran presence will be missed as the Mets look to mount a possible wild card push.