Edgin, Dice-K staying in NY to have elbows checked

Edgin, Dice-K staying in NY to have elbows checked

NEW YORK -- The Mets headed to Miami following their 6-5 win over the Phillies on Sunday. Left-hander Josh Edgin and right-hander Daisuke Matsuzaka did not.

Both relievers are staying in New York to have their problematic elbows examined by doctors. Edgin has tendinitis and bone spurs in his left elbow, while Matsuzaka's right elbow is sore, again, days after he was activated from a month-long stint on the disabled list for a similar issue. Neither will land on the DL given that the roster expands Monday.

Edgin hasn't pitched since Aug. 23. He received a platelet-rich plasma injection Monday, and an MRI indicated there are no tears. The team hoped it would settle down after a few days of rest, but that has not been the case.

Edgin tried warming up Friday night against the Phillies, but he didn't feel well enough to enter the game.

"It's not where I want it to be," Edgin said. "They told me to rest it. If it starts feeling better, just don't go too quick I guess."

Edgin added that he fully expects to pitch again this season, though there is no timetable for when that might happen.

This leaves Dana Eveland -- plus Dario Alvarez, whom the Mets called up for Monday's game against the Marlins -- as the southpaw options out of the bullpen. He's come a long way from signing a Minor League contract with New York during Spring Training.

"It's definitely been more than I expected ever this year," said Eveland, who tossed a scoreless inning Sunday. "I went from being a guy who had a hard time getting a job period this season -- a Minor League job -- to playing a fairly significant role in the big leagues. So it's been a great year, and I'm very happy and I'm hoping I can finish strong and see where that leads me into next year."

Matsuzaka has allowed four runs in 2 2/3 innings since returning to the Major League team Thursday. He most recently pitched two innings Saturday.

Tim Healey is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.