The Mets do not plan to shut Steven Matz (shoulder) down for the season, and the team believes that Neil Walker can play through a herniated disc in his back, general manager Sandy Alderson told reporters on Wednesday.
Matz has been on the disabled list with left shoulder tightness. He was scratched from Thursday’s scheduled start after a setback during a bullpen session. Alderson told reporters that Matz will seek another medical opinion, but there are no plans to shut him down for the rest of the season.
Matz is 9-8 with a 3.40 ERA. He last pitched on Aug. 14.
Alderson called reports that Walker’s injury was career-threatening “overblown.” Walker has played in just four games since Aug. 16 because of the injury and paternity leave. Walker has endured similar issues the last few years, including earlier this season, and Alderson said that doctors have suggested he can play through it.
Since July 27, Walker has hit .440 with seven homers and 15 RBIs. That surge has propped his season average back up to .282 with 23 homers, which equals a career high.