Mets scratch Matz from next start

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NEW YORK — The al­ready short­handed Mets saw their play­off chances dealt an­other blow when left-han­der Steven Matz was scratched from his sched­uled start Fri­day be­cause of shoul­der sore­ness.

Matz, 9-8 with a 3.40 ERA, hasn’t pitched since Aug. 14 be­cause of tight­ness in his shoul­der but threw a bullpen ses­sion Wed­nes­day and was set to re­turn.

Gen­eral man­ager Sandy Alder­son said the rookie’s shoul­der again felt sore one day af­ter the bullpen ses­sion.

“We’ll see where this takes us,” Alder­son said. “But for the next sev­eral days, that shoul­der is­sue has to re­solve it­self be­fore we con­sider pitch­ing him again.”

Right-han­der Gabriel Ynoa will in­stead make his sec­ond ma­jor league start.

The Mets al­ready are miss­ing pitch­ers Matt Har­vey, Ja­cob deGrom, third base­man David Wright and sec­ond base­man Neil Walker.

Noah Syn­der­gaard is pitch­ing with a bone spur in his pitch­ing el­bow, while As­drubal Cabr­era and Yoe­nis Ce­s­pedes are play­ing with lin­ger­ing in­juries.

“I’m feel­ing some symp­toms,” Matz said. “At this point, I don’t have an an­swer. I know the dif­fer­ence be­tween sore­ness and pain. … This is a lit­tle dif­fer­ent than reg­u­lar sore­ness.”

Man­ager Terry Collins said it would be dif­fi­cult to se­lect Matz for a play­off start.

“It would be hard to get him enough in­nings that you could con­sider start­ing him in the post­sea­son,” Collins said. “We’ll just have to wait to see what the next few days have in store. When you’re talk­ing about the shoul­der, you’re talk­ing about se­ri­ous ter­ri­tory, so it’s got to re­ally calm down be­fore we’d con­sider get­ting him back out there.”

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