Blister on mend, Matz set for Friday start

Blister on mend, Matz set for Friday start

WASHINGTON -- Steven Matz threw a 25-pitch bullpen session Wednesday and remains on track to make his next start Friday in Atlanta. The Mets cut short Matz's last outing after 81 pitches due to a blister on his left middle finger.

Since that time, he has been applying a solution to his finger to harden the skin.

"Other than that," Matz said, "it's just kind of time."

Barring a setback, Matz will make his fourth big league start Friday against the Braves. He is 2-0 with a 1.89 ERA over his first three outings and remains a strong candidate for the playoff rotation.

• The Mets hope to have outfielder Michael Cuddyer back in the starting lineup in time to face left-hander Manny Banuelos on Friday. Cuddyer has not played since Sept. 2 due to right wrist discomfort.

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