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Matz to make rehab start Monday, then rejoin Mets

Rookie left-hander will make final appearance for Double-A Binghamton

PHILADELPHIA -- Steven Matz's return to the Mets is now less than a week away.

The Mets announced Thursday that Matz will make his fourth and final Minor League rehab start Monday for Double-A Binghamton, and they will recall him the next day when rosters expand. Matz, the club's No. 1 prospect, has been on the disabled list since July 10 with a strained left lat muscle. He fired six one-hit innings in his latest rehab start Wednesday for Binghamton, stretching out to 56 pitches.

Matz should reach around 75 pitches in his next start, before sliding into the Mets' rotation in early September. Though the team could still ship him to the bullpen for the playoffs, Matz figures to serve as a sixth starter during the stretch run. He was 2-0 with a 1.32 ERA in his first two career starts earlier this year.

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