PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. -- While his teammates boarded a flight to Los Angeles for the National League Division Series that begins Friday at 9:30 p.m. ET on TBS, Mets rookie Steven Matz returned to where the season began at the organization's Spring Training complex.
Matz, who last pitched on Sept. 24 because of lingering upper back soreness, successfully tossed 80 pitches in a simulated game in the Instructional league on Thursday morning.
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