NEW YORK – The New York Mets are calling up pitching prospect Steven Matz this weekend as part of a plan to use a six-man rotation for the "foreseeable future," General Manager Sandy Alderson said.
Matz is to make his major league debut Sunday against Cincinnati. The 24-year-old lefthander at Class AAA Las Vegas leads the Pacific Coast League in ERA (2.19), strikeouts (94) and innings (90⅓) and is tied for the most victories (seven).
Matz will join a talented rotation that includes Matt Harvey, Jacob deGrom, Bartolo Colon, Noah Syndergaard and Jon Niese. Alderson said the Mets want to avoid overworking their mostly young staff and manage their innings.
Earlier this month, the Mets abandoned their try at a six-man rotation after only one turn through it, sending Dillon Gee to the minors instead.