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Mets place LHP Steven Matz on 10-day injured list

May 10, 2019
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New York Mets' Steven Matz pitches during the first inning of a baseball game against the Milwaukee Brewers on Friday, May 3, 2019, in Milwaukee. (AP Photo/Aaron Gash)
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New York Mets' Steven Matz pitches during the first inning of a baseball game against the Milwaukee Brewers on Friday, May 3, 2019, in Milwaukee. (AP Photo/Aaron Gash)

NEW YORK (AP) — Steven Matz has been placed on the 10-day injured list by the New York Mets because of radial nerve discomfort in his pitching arm.

The move was made Thursday, retroactive to May 5. First baseman Dominic Smith was recalled from Triple-A Syracuse ahead of Friday night’s series opener at home against Miami.

The team is expected to make another roster move Friday to open a spot for infielder Jed Lowrie, who is scheduled to come off the IL and make his Mets debut. Lowrie was injured early in spring training and has been sidelined all season with a capsule sprain in his left knee. He signed a $20 million, two-year contract with New York following an All-Star season in Oakland.

Matz had an injection of cortisone and lidocaine early this week after being sent back to New York to have his tender forearm examined. He missed his turn in the rotation Wednesday against San Diego, but the Mets waited a few days before deciding to put him on the IL.

The left-hander is 3-2 with a 3.86 ERA in seven starts this year. This is his sixth stint on the injured list in five major league seasons — at least one every year.

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