Mets’ Matz may miss opener

Of­ten-in­jured lefty scratched from start with ten­der el­bow.

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New York Mets pitcher Steven Matz was scratched from his next start be­cause of ten­der­ness in his left el­bow, putting his sta­tus for open­ing day in doubt.

Matz had been sched­uled to throw to­day in a mi­nor league game.

“There’s a lit­tle ir­ri­ta­tion, and he’s got to work that out,” Mets GM Sandy Alderson said Sun­day. “We don’t think it’s any­thing sig­nif­i­cant, but it both­ers him on ex­ten­sion. He won’t pitch to­mor­row, and we’ll see where that takes him over the next four or five days.”

Alderson said the prob­lem has both­ered Matz for “a pe­riod of time.”

Alderson said the ail­ment is trou­bling be­cause the left-han­der has of­ten been slowed dur­ing his two sea­sons with the Mets.

“It’s wor­ri­some that he con­tin­ues to be in­jured off and on,” Alderson said.

Matz, 25, was 9-8 with a 3.40 ERA in 22 starts last year, but was shut down in Septem­ber and had surgery to re­move bone spurs in his left el­bow.

The Mets open the sea­son April 3 at home against At­lanta.

Matz gave up five runs and eight hits in four in­nings against Mi­ami on Wed­nes­day. He is 1-1 with a 4.26 ERA in four starts this spring.

Man­ager Terry Collins said he was “ex­tremely dis­ap­pointed” to hear the news, say­ing he couldn’t imag­ine Matz would be ready for the sea­son’s start if he missed this week.

Tigers: Right-handed reliever Mark Lowe was re­leased. Lowe signed an $11 mil­lion, two-year con­tract be­fore last sea­son, but he was in­ef­fec­tive in 2016, go­ing 1-3 with a 7.11 ERA in 54 ap­pear­ances. He had a 5.19 ERA in nine ap­pear­ances this spring.

Rockies: First base­man Mark Reynolds was signed from Triple-A Al­bu­querque. Reynolds, 33, fig­ures to be the starter at first base in the ab­sence of Ian Des­mond, who is out with a bro­ken left hand.

Reynolds hit a ca­reer-best .282 last sea­son with 14 home runs and 53 RBIs. He was lim­ited to 32 at-bats af­ter Aug. 11. He broke a bone in his left hand while swing­ing a bat, had surgery on Aug. 15, was ac­ti­vated Aug. 31 and broke his left wrist when he was hit by a pitch on Sept. 18.

Yan­kees: Man­ager Joe Gi­rardi has the top of his start­ing ro­ta­tion lined up with Masahiro Tanaka, CC Sa­bathia and Michael Pineda. Af­ter that, the sit­u­a­tion re­mains mud­dled. The Yan­kees started spring train­ing look­ing to fill two spots in the ro­ta­tion, and it’s still not clear what they’ll end up do­ing. Bryan Mitchell, Luis Sev­erino, Chad Green, Adam War­ren and Jor­dan Mont­gomery are in the mix. “We’re nar­row­ing it down,” Gi­rardi said. “We’re go­ing to let these guys go through their last turn be­fore we make the de­ci­sion.”

Indians: Mike Ch­er­nof, the 6-year-old son of GM Mike Ch­er­nof, was in­vited into the team’s broad­cast booth dur­ing the ninth in­ning of Satur­day’s ex­hi­bi­tion game. Dur­ing the visit, Brody was asked a few ques­tions by an­nouncer Tom Hamil­ton, who wanted to know if the young­ster’s dad was work­ing on any new deals. “He’s try­ing to get, um, Lin­dor to play for seven more years,” Brody an­swered. Hamil­ton burst into laugh­ter and joked that “we bet­ter not talk any more, Brody.”

The Indians want to sign All-Star short­stop Fran­cisco Lin­dor to a long-term con­tract.

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The Indians are close to sign­ing short­stop Fran­cisco Lin­dor to an ex­ten­sion, says the GM’s 6-year-old son.

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