Top pick Matz nearing mound work

March, 19, 2011
3/19/11
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Adam Rubin
Stony Brook, L.I., native Steve Matz is due to return to a mound next weekend.
Left-hander Steve Matz -- the Mets' top pick in the 2009 draft (second round, 72nd overall), out of Ward Melville High School on Long Island -- is nearing a return to the mound.

Matz, who underwent Tommy John surgery last May 18, has been tossing on flat ground in Port St. Lucie. He is due to step on a mound for the first time since the procedure in eight days.

For a full profile of Matz, who has yet to throw a professional pitch in a game, read this report from last month.
Adam Rubin has covered the Mets since 2003. He's a graduate of Mepham High School on Long Island and the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. He joined ESPNNewYork after spending 10 years at the New York Daily News.
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