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Top Bryan Mata News

  • Red Sox's Bryan Mata: Out of options

    Mata is out of minor-league options, Christopher Smith of MassLive.com reports.

    As such, the Red Sox will need to trade the right-hander or designate him for assignment if he doesn't make the Opening Day roster. Mata has thrown only 110 minor-league innings across the last two seasons after undergoing Tommy John surgery in April 2021. He opened 2023 as a member of the rotation at Triple-A Worcester before further injuries set in. Upon his return in September, he moved to the bullpen. That's a role the organization feels might be a better fit for Mata, who will need to improve his control to win a big-league job this spring. Justin Slaten, a Rule 5 selection, also needs to be kept on the major-league roster all season, and the Red Sox may not have room for both.

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  • Red Sox's Bryan Mata: Likely transitioning to bullpen

    Red Sox chief baseball officer Craig Breslow said Tuesday that Mata is likely to move into a relief role, Mac Cerullo of the Boston Herald reports.

    Mata has primarily worked as a starter on his way up through Boston's minor-league system, but he's struggled to stay healthy in recent years and may have better luck on that front with shorter outings. The 24-year-old right-hander missed all of June, July and August in 2023 because of a lingering shoulder injury.

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  • Red Sox's Bryan Mata: Activated off minor-league IL

    Mata (shoulder) was activated from the minor-league injured list Sunday at Triple-A Worcester, Jen McCaffrey of The Athletic reports.

    Mata is finally ready to return to the mound after missing about four months because of right shoulder inflammation. The 24-year-old had posted a 5.61 ERA through 25.2 innings (seven starts) for Worcester prior to the lengthy IL stint.

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  • Red Sox's Bryan Mata: Throws off mound

    Mata (shoulder) posted a video Wednesday on his personal Twitter account featuring him throwing a bullpen session.

    Mata hasn't pitched for Triple-A Worcester since May 9 after he was shut down due to right shoulder inflammation, and reports have been scarce over the ensuing two months regarding where exactly he stood in his recovery. The video he provided Wednesday provides some more clarity, though it's unclear when Mata might be ready for game action at Worcester. He posted a 5.61 ERA, 2.10 WHIP and 26:27 K:BB in 25.2 innings prior to landing on the 7-day injured list.

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  • Red Sox's Bryan Mata: Shelved at Triple-A

    Triple-A Worcester placed Mata on its 7-day injured list Wednesday with right shoulder inflammation, Chris Cotillo of The Springfield Republican reports.

    Mata picked up the injury in his most recent start versus Rochester on Tuesday, when he labored through 2.1 innings while giving up six runs (four earned) on six hits and three walks while striking out five. Though the injury doesn't sound too significant, it's another setback on the medical front for Mata nonetheless after he previously missed all of the 2021 campaign and the first two months of the 2022 season while recovering from Tommy John surgery. Mata has struggled to a 5.61 ERA, 2.10 WHIP and 26:27 K:BB in 25.2 innings through his seven starts with Worcester this season.

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  • Red Sox's Bryan Mata: Sent to Triple-A

    Mata was optioned to Triple-A Worcester on Sunday, Ian Browne of MLB.com reports.

    Manager Alex Cora said in February that Mata could make his MLB debut this season, though it's still not a surprise the right-hander won't be on the Opening Day roster. The 23-year-old finished the 2022 campaign with Worcester after he was promoted in August, and he could see the majors before too long if he can replicate the 3.47 ERA he posted at Triple-A last season.

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  • Red Sox's Bryan Mata: Could make big-league debut

    Boston manager Alex Cora speculated that Mata could make his major-league debut in 2023, Chris Cotillo of MassLive.com reports. "The ability is there," Cora said. "At one point, (Mata) is gonna be part of this and he's gonna help us to win a few games."

    The 23-year-old Mata was a highly regarded prospect at the lower levels of the minors before the pandemic and Tommy John elbow surgery curtailed his development. He returned to pitching in June of 2022 and was at Triple-A Worcester to finish the season. The right-hander dominated at Double-A Portland (1.85 ERA in 48.2 innings) before a five-start stint with the WooSox (3.47 ERA, 30 strikeouts, 23.1 innings). Mata, who consistently hit 100 MPH last season, will come out of the bullpen in Friday's exhibition against Northeastern University. He projects as a starter or reliver. Either way, Mata needs to hone his command; he posted a career 4.3 BB/9 throughout the minors and 5.8 in 2022.

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  • Red Sox's Bryan Mata: Heading to Triple-A

    Mata was promoted to Triple-A Worcester on Sunday, Christopher Smith of The Springfield Republican reports.

    Mata missed the 2021 season due to Tommy John surgery and spent the start of this year continuing to recover. However, he performed well after being activated at Double-A Portland, posting a 1.85 ERA and 1.20 WHIP in 48.2 innings over 10 appearances (nine starts). He's expected to make his first start at Worcester sometime this week.

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  • Red Sox's Bryan Mata: Activated at Double-A

    Mata (elbow) was activated from Triple-A Worcester's 7-day injured list June 28 and assigned to Double-A Portland, with whom he's covered 7.1 innings while allowing two runs (one earned) on four hits and two walks while striking out eight across two appearances since being reinstated.

    Even though he was optioned to Worcester coming out of spring training, Mata has yet to debut for Boston's top affiliate while working his way back from the Tommy John surgery he underwent last April. After making four rehab appearances between Single-A Salem and High-A Greenville, Mata looks like he'll settle in Portland's rotation for the time being. He covered four innings in his most recent outing for the Double-A club and looks to be fully stretched out at this point.

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  • Red Sox's Bryan Mata: Shifting rehab to High-A

    Mata (elbow) is scheduled to make the second start of his rehab assignment at High-A Greenville this week, Alex Speier of The Boston Globe reports.

    After reaching the finish line in his recovery from April 2021 Tommy John surgery, Mata was cleared to begin a rehab assignment with Single-A Salem on Saturday. He looked sharp during his two-inning start for Salem, allowing no hits and one unearned run while striking out two. According to Speier, Mata's fastball topped out at around 99 miles per hour in the start, so the 23-year-old has seemingly regained his pre-surgery velocity. He'll likely get stretched out over a few more starts at lower-level affiliates before slotting into the Triple-A Worcester rotation.

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  • Red Sox's Bryan Mata: Begins rehab assignment

    Mata (elbow) began a rehab assignment at Single-A Salem on Saturday, Alex Speier of The Boston Globe reports.

    Mata was pitching in extended spring training last month, but he returned to minor-league game action Saturday and allowed an unearned run on no hits and two walks while striking out two in two innings. He generated 10 swings and misses during the outing and is expected to continue his rehab assignment at High-A Greenville this week.

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  • Red Sox's Bryan Mata: Pitching in extended spring

    Mata (elbow) threw two innings in an extended spring training game Thursday, Alex Speier of The Boston Globe reports.

    Mata is still working his way back from Tommy John surgery, a procedure he underwent in April of last year. He still has steps to take before completing his recovery, but his performance Thursday was an encouraging one, as he struck out five batters in two hitless innings and touched 100 mph with his fastball.

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  • Red Sox's Bryan Mata: Optioned to Triple-A

    Mata (elbow) was optioned to Triple-A Worcester on Wednesday, Pete Abraham of The Boston Globe reports.

    Mata underwent Tommy John surgery last April and sat out the 2021 campaign, and he still has a bit to go in his recovery. The 22-year-old could return to game action sometime over the summer if there's no issues with his rehab program.

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  • Red Sox's Bryan Mata: Sidelined after Tommy John surgery

    The Red Sox announced that Mata (elbow) underwent Tommy John surgery in Los Angeles on Tuesday, Bill Koch of The Providence Journal reports.

    Mata opted for the procedure after he was shut down during spring training when he was diagnosed with a slight tear of the UCL in his right elbow. The 21-year-old is expected to require a 12-to-16-month recovery from the surgery, meaning he'll likely be sidelined until the summer of 2022. Mata had been regarded as one of the Red Sox's top pitching prospects heading into the season.

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  • Red Sox's Bryan Mata: Starts throwing again

    Red Sox manager Alex Cora said Sunday that Mata (triceps) was cleared to begin a throwing program late in spring training, Chris Cotillo of The Springfield Republican reports.

    Mata ended up missing most of camp after being diagnosed with a slight UCL tear in his right elbow. Fortunately, he was able to treat the injury through rest and rehab rather than surgical means, so Mata will now turn his focus to advancing through his throwing progression ahead of the minor-league season. He may not be fully cleared by the time Triple-A Worcester begins its season in May, but Mata shouldn't be in store for a lengthy stint on the injured list if he's able to steer clear of any setbacks in the coming weeks.

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  • Red Sox's Bryan Mata: Diagnosed with slight UCL tear

    Mata has been diagnosed with a slight tear of the UCL in his throwing arm, Christopher Smith of The Springfield Republican reports.

    Mata's injury will sideline him for some amount of time, but the Red Sox are going to try and repair the tear through treatment and are not planning to send him for surgery as of now.

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  • Red Sox's Bryan Mata: MRI on tap

    Mata (triceps) will undergo an MRI on Thursday, Christopher Smith of The Springfield Republican reports.

    Mata was scratched from relief work Wednesday due to right triceps soreness, and he'll undergo further testing to determine the extent of the injury. The right-hander isn't expected to make the team's Opening Day roster, but he could make his major-league debut at some point this season if he's fully healthy.

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  • Red Sox's Bryan Mata: Dealing with triceps soreness

    Mata was scratched from relief work Wednesday due to right triceps soreness, Bill Koch of The Providence Journal reports.

    Mata was not likely to make the big-league club out of camp, but he could make his MLB debut this year if he's healthy this summer. It's unclear when he will be healthy enough to resume throwing.

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  • Red Sox's Bryan Mata: Shielded from Rule 5 draft

    Mata's contract was purchased by the Red Sox on Friday.

    One of Boston's top pitching prospects, Mata spent the summer at the alternate site, although he missed a couple weeks with a hamstring injury. He won't turn 22 until May but already has 11 starts at Double-A under his belt, so he could open the year at Triple-A. Mata has the potential to develop into a mid-rotation starter if he can throw enough strikes.

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Player Bio

HT/WT: 6-3, 223 lbs
Birthplace: Maracay, Venezuela
Age: 24
Experience: R
Bats/Throws: R, R