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Matz stretches out in second rehab start

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Mets left-hander Steven Matz made his second rehab start for Class A St. Lucie on Thursday, tossing 41 pitches (25 strikes) in 2 2/3 innings.

Matz is recovering from a partially torn left lat muscle. He allowed four hits and one earned run in the outing, while walking one and striking out one.

Mets left-hander Steven Matz made his second rehab start for Class A St. Lucie on Thursday, tossing 41 pitches (25 strikes) in 2 2/3 innings.

Matz is recovering from a partially torn left lat muscle. He allowed four hits and one earned run in the outing, while walking one and striking out one.

Tweet from @Mets: .@Smatz88 allowed 1 run in 2.2 innings in his 2nd rehab start with the @stluciemets. Today's @MetsFarmReport update: http://t.co/ImZBcI9jq5

"I was just trying to fill up the strike zone and stretch out the 40-plus pitches as much as I could," Matz told Newsday.

Matz threw five curveballs and five changeups to go along with the 31 fastballs that ranged from 91-94 mph.

Matz is expected to pitch again on Tuesday for Double-A Binghamton, and he will throw 60 pitches, according to the Binghamton Press & Sun Bulletin.

The southpaw has made two Major League starts this year (13 2/3 innings), posting a 1.32 ERA with 14 strikeouts and five walks.

Joey Nowak is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter at @joeynowak.