The Mets have been given another one-finger salute.
A day after placing Noah Syndergaard on the disabled list with a strained ligament in his finger, the Mets on Wednesday announced that Steven Matz is day-to-day with a mild strain of his left middle finger.
Matz exited Tuesday night’s start against the Braves after three scoreless innings with discomfort in the finger. The lefthander bent the finger back on a swing-and-miss during his at-bat in the top of the fourth, flinging the bat back into the on-deck circle before answering with a double.
Matz, pitching on his 27th birthday, came out to warm up for the bottom of the inning, but he said the pain was too great to continue.
“I didn’t feel anything at first, I just went and got my bat, obviously it didn’t affect me,” he said after the game, which the Mets lost, 7-6, on a walkoff home run by Johan Camargo. “Then standing on second base started to throb out there. I threw a couple pitches and felt it. (Catcher) Devin (Mesoraco) kind of noticed and called them out there.”
X-rays taken on Matz’s finger during the game were negative for a broken bone, the Mets said. He allowed one hit in three innings with two walks and a two strikeouts before Paul Sewald came in from the bullpen.
The Mets on Wednesday also called up relievers Tim Peterson and Buddy Baumann from Triple-A Las Vegas and righthander Scott Copeland from Double-A Binghamton, the team announced.
The injury bug, which seldom leaves the Mets, has hit the team hard this week. On Tuesday, Syndergaard joined Wilmer Flores and AJ Ramos on the 10-day DL with a strained ligament in his right index finger.