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Top Steven Matz News

  • Cardinals' Steven Matz: Feeling strong this spring

    Matz said after throwing three perfect innings against the Astros on Monday that "I feel the strongest I ever have in my career," Lynn Worthy of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports.

    Matz struck out four while needing just 39 pitches to navigate through his three perfect frames. He touched 95 mph with his sinker, which is more velocity than he typically shows at this point in camp. Matz is looking to bounce back from a disappointing first season in St. Louis which saw him limited to just 48 innings due to injuries.

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  • Cardinals' Steven Matz: Earns win in return

    Matz (5-3) struck out one in a perfect inning to earn the win in the second game of Saturday's doubleheader versus the Reds.

    Matz made his return from a torn left MCL in this appearance. He was immediately rewarded as the Cardinals won in the 11th inning after generating the lone run of the game on an error. This was Matz's first relief outing since 2020 with the Mets and just his sixth appearance out of the bullpen in his career. He has a 5.56 ERA, 1.28 WHIP and 52:9 K:BB through 43.2 innings this year, though it's expected he'll serve as a multi-inning reliever for the rest of the campaign.

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  • Cardinals' Steven Matz: Returns from injured list

    Matz (knee) was activated off the injured list Saturday, Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports.

    Matz struggled to a 5.70 ERA in 10 starts for the Cardinals before tearing the MCL in his left knee, though his 27.4 percent strikeout rate and 4.8 percent walk rate were both strong marks. He's ready to help out in the final few weeks of the season, albeit in a bullpen role, as he didn't have time to build all the way up to a starter's workload.

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  • Cardinals' Steven Matz: Next rehab outing set

    Matz (knee) will continue his rehab assignment with Triple-A Memphis on Sunday, John Denton of reports.

    It will be the fifth rehab appearance for Matz, who to this point has given up two runs on three hits with five strikeouts and four walks over 4.1 innings. The veteran southpaw will finish the season as a reliever for St. Louis and could be activated from the injured list as early as Tuesday.

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  • Cardinals' Steven Matz: Third rehab appearance set

    Matz (knee) will make another rehab appearance with Triple-A Memphis on Tuesday, Katie Woo of The Athletic reports.

    The veteran left-hander will cover an inning for the Redbirds before being re-evaluated Wednesday. Matz has pitched 2.1 innings over his first two rehab outings, and he's expected to stretch out to cover multiple innings before being reinstated by St. Louis. He has a 5.70 ERA through 10 starts this year but will rejoin the Cardinals for the stretch run as a reliever.

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  • Cardinals' Steven Matz: Next rehab outing coming Friday

    Matz (knee) is scheduled to make his second rehab appearance Friday, John Denton of reports.

    St. Louis is planning on bringing Matz (knee) back from the 15-day injured list later this month as a reliever, but he's still expected to get stretched out enough during his rehab assignment to handle multiple innings as needed out of the bullpen. Denton notes that Matz is expected to work into the third inning of Friday's outing after he struck out three while allowing no hits and three walks in 1.1 scoreless innings for Double-A Springfield on Tuesday. The appearance with Springfield was just his second in the majors or minors since the All-Star break.

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  • Cardinals' Steven Matz: Begins rehab assignment

    Matz (knee) will start Tuesday for Double-A Springfield.

    He has been throwing bullpen sessions and is finally ready to begin his rehab assignment. It's been a rough first season for Matz in St. Louis, as injuries have limited him to 42.2 innings and he hasn't been consistently effective (5.70 ERA, 1.31 WHIP) when healthy. That said, he has a chance to return later this month and end the year on a high note.

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  • Cardinals' Steven Matz: Nearing rehab assignment

    Matz (knee) will throw a bullpen Sunday and then report to Double-A Springfield for a rehab assignment next week, John Denton of reports.

    Matz continues to work his way back from an MCL strain in his left knee. He's still not expected back until late September, which suggests the southpaw may spend more than one week in the minors working his way back to full health. Matz will pitch out of the St. Louis bullpen once he's activated from the injured list.

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  • Cardinals' Steven Matz: Set for two more 'pen sessions

    Matz (knee) is scheduled to throw two more bullpen sessions during the upcoming week before potentially advancing to facing hitters, Katie Woo of The Athletic reports.

    Matz's fastball topped out at 89 miles per hour in his most recent side session Saturday, so his main focus this week will be increasing the intensity of his throwing and upping the velocity as he works his way back from an MCL sprain in his left knee. The southpaw still appears on track to return from the 15-day injured list before season's end, but if he does, he'll be deployed as a reliever.

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  • Cardinals' Steven Matz: Likely returning as reliever

    Matz (knee) will likely focus on returning as a reliever, Jeff Jones of the Belleville News-Democrat reports.

    Matz has been throwing low-intensity side sessions recently and is slated to throw a high-intensity bullpen Saturday. The Cardinals don't think that the southpaw will have enough time to get stretched out prior to the end of the regular season, but he'll likely be able to return sometime in September if he doesn't experience any issues preparing for a bullpen role.

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  • Cardinals' Steven Matz: Completes bullpen session

    Matz (knee) threw a 30-pitch bullpen session Wednesday with no problems, John Denton of reports.

    The left-hander threw a low-intensity side session over the weekend but has now progressed to mound work, and the Cardinals are apparently quite pleased with his recovery progress. Matz has pitched in only one game since May and is likely to require a multi-start rehab assignment in the minors before being reinstated from the injured list, so he shouldn't be expected back for at least a couple more weeks.

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  • Cardinals' Steven Matz: Throws side session

    Matz (knee) threw 30 pitches during a low-intensity side session this weekend, Katie Woo of The Athletic reports.

    Although Matz didn't throw with much intensity over the weekend, he apparently felt good afterward since he'll throw another bullpen session Wednesday. It's not yet clear when the southpaw will be able to begin a rehab assignment, but he's trended in the right direction over the last few weeks.

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  • Cardinals' Steven Matz: Nearing mound work

    Matz (knee) could throw off a mound this weekend, Katie Woo of The Athletic reports.

    Per Jeff Jones of the Belleville News-Democrat, Matz played catch off a mound Wednesday and did some running on the field, so throwing pitches off the mound would mark another step forward in his recovery from a torn MCL in his left knee. Matz is still likely a week or more away from beginning a minor-league rehab assignment, so he's not expected to be a rotation option for the Cardinals until September at the soonest.

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  • Cardinals' Steven Matz: Throws on field pregame

    Matz (knee) has begun a throwing program, which included flat-ground throwing prior to Saturday's game, John Denton of reports.

    Denton adds Matz remains optimistic that he'll return before the end of the season. He's still early in the rehab process, so Matz isn't expected back before September at the earliest due to a torn MCL in his left knee. A clearer picture of his recovery timeline should emerge once he begins to face hitters.

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  • Cardinals' Steven Matz: Surgery not yet certain

    The Cardinals, according to Jeff Jones of the Belleville News-Democrat, will wait a week before deciding whether or not Matz will need surgery on his injured left knee.

    It was reported Sunday that Matz has a torn MCL in his left knee, and if he goes under the knife he will miss the rest of the season. There remains a chance he could recover without undergoing a procedure, though, and the Cardinals will wait and see how things play out. While he could still pitch again in 2022, Matz is looking at a minimum 4-to-6 week absence regardless of the final decision that is made.

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  • Cardinals' Steven Matz: Moves to injured list

    Matz was placed on the 15-day injured list Sunday with a left knee sprain.

    Matz exited Saturday's start with the injury and will be sidelined for at least a few turns through the rotation. It's unclear if the left-hander is expected to be available when first eligible to be reinstated Aug. 9. Matthew Liberatore is likely to rejoin the Cardinals as a starting option with the team now down Matz and Dakota Hudson (neck).

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Player Bio

HT/WT: 6-2, 200 lbs
Birthplace: Stony Brook, NY
Age: 31
Experience: 7
Bats/Throws: R, L