LOS ANGELES (AP) Mets left-hander Steven Matz will miss his next turn in the rotation Saturday at Colorado because his elbow has flared up.
New York manager Terry Collins said Wednesday that Matz's elbow began bothering him after a 4-2 win over the Los Angeles Dodgers two days earlier. Matz complained of soreness in his upper forearm and had it massaged between innings.
''I'm feeling really comfortable with the progress it made in one day and taking an anti-inflammatory,'' Matz said.
The Mets are taking a cautious approach with the 24-year-old pitcher. Matz had a torn lat muscle that kept him out for two months last season and he underwent Tommy John surgery as a prospect in 2010.
''It's better to play it safe and give it the rest when I need it,'' Matz said.
He plans to play catch on Thursday and will see a doctor in New York when the team wraps up its West Coast trip.
Matz (5-1, 2.86 ERA) is 5-0 since losing his first start of the season.
Collins said right-hander Logan Verrett will take Matz's scheduled start Saturday unless he's needed out of the bullpen before then.