Found January 18, 2012 on Mets Merized Online:
I was able to catch up with Mets minor league pitcher, lefty Steve Matz the other day, and I asked him how his arm was feeling with spring training right around the corner. Steve has already reported to the complex at St. Lucie to begin his throwing program in warm weather. He went under the knife, with TJS on his pitching elbow in 2010, and had to be shut down when he tried to pitch last season and the elbow flared up on him. He has been waiting a long time to make his Mets minor league debut, and working hard in his rehab, and it looks like there is a light at the end of the tunnel. Keep reading to get the latest from Steve on where he is at, in his long road back. Petey:  We are chatting today with NY Mets 2009 Top Draft Pick, Steve Matz. Steve is a local product from East Setauket, NY, who is looking forward to making his professional debut this season. Hi Steve how are you doing? Thanks so much for taking time to answer a few questions for the readers at

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