PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. — The Mets all but encased their starting pitchers in Bubble Wrap early in spring training, hoping that reduced wear and tear would preserve their arms. But pitching injuries seem unavoidable, and the Mets are as vulnerable as any team.
“We came in here saying we’ve got to try to keep these guys healthy,” Manager Terry Collins said.
Fortunately for Collins, the Mets have strength in numbers.
After a relatively healthy start, the Mets’ oft-injured rotation endured its first notable — if perhaps merely temporary — casualty a week before opening day. Steven Matz will not make his next start, which had been scheduled for Monday, because of irritation in his throwing elbow.
Those terms would be alarming for any pitcher, let alone for Matz, who has a history of injuries. But the Mets insisted on Sunday that they were…