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MLB: Mets’ Steven Matz to DL, hopes to miss one game with forearm strain

The Mets placed left-hander Steven Matz on the 10-day disabled list Friday with a flexor pronator strain in his left arm.

Matz and the team believe he will miss only one start.

“We have the time right now just to miss one start,” Matz said. “It’s not the end of the world and (we can) just let it calm down and try to finish strong.”

An MRI Thursday revealed no structural damage, but New York opted to be cautious with the oft-injured Matz. The DL stint will be his fifth since he made his major league debut in 2015.

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“Really just more thinking of what the right thing is for Matz moving forward,” manager Mickey Callaway said. “It’s something that there’s no reason to push him through at this point. A different scenario we could, but it doesn’t make much sense right now.”

Pirates infielder Kang undergoes season-ending wrist surgery

Jung Ho Kang, who finished third in the NL Rookie of the Year voting in 2015 while playing for the Pittsburgh Pirates, has undergone season-ending surgery on his left wrist.

The team said the surgery was performed Friday in Pittsburgh.

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The 31-year-old infielder had been playing with the Pirates’ Triple-A Indianapolis when he first started feeling pain in the wrist on June 20. When the pain continued while taking batting practice on Tuesday, Kang opted for surgery.

Kang has not played in the major leagues since the end of the 2016 season.

He was unable to secure a work visa to travel from his native South Korea to the United States after being was arrested for DUI for a third time in December 2016 in Seoul. He received an eight-month suspended sentence and was not cleared to travel to the U.S. until this April. Kang played in 16 games between Indianapolis and Class A Bradenton this season, hitting .310 with three home runs.

Rays put newly acquired Pham on DL with broken right foot

The Tampa Bay Rays have placed recently acquired outfielder Tommy Pham on the 10-day disabled list with a fractured right foot.

Pham was hit on the foot by a pitch from Angels left-hander Andrew Heaney on Thursday.

Tampa Bay obtained the 30-year-old and $500,000 in international signing bonus allocation Tuesday from St. Louis for a trio of minor leaguers: outfielder Justin Williams, left-hander Genesis Cabrera and right-hander Roel Ramirez.

Pham had been a member of the Cardinals organization since selected in the 16th round of the 2006 amateur draft. After a series of injuries, the center fielder had a breakout season in 2017 when he hit .306 with 23 homers and 25 steals in 128 games. He was 11th in the NL MVP voting. Pham hit .248 with 14 home runs, 41 RBIs and 10 stolen bases this season for St. Louis. He was hitless in five at-bats over two games with the Rays.

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