Fantasy Baseball Injury Report: Lingering Concerns Over Matz
Fantasy Baseball Injury Report: Lingering Concerns Over Matz

This article is part of our Fantasy Baseball Injury Report series.

Steven Matz

The Mets lefthander was sent to the injured list due to lingering problems with one of the nerves in his forearm. The nerves of our body are like a subway system with multiple lines branching off in multiple directions, each with its own final destination. In the shoulder, a bundle of nerves known as the brachial plexus branches off in five different pathways. Three of these nerves extend past the elbow into the forearm, wrist and hand. The most infamous of these nerves is the ulnar nerve better known as the "funny bone." It travels down the inside of the arm and elbow, eventually ending in the hand and ring and pinkie fingers. On the opposite side of the elbow sits the radial nerve. It runs on the outside of the elbow, through a narrow tunnel formed by the surrounding musculature and nearby bone. It's here that the radial nerve can become impinged or pinched following repetitive use. As a result, the individual often reports sharp pain at the elbow and into the back of the hand, as well as fatigue and weakness in the muscles of the forearm and wrist. 

Matz is managing discomfort linked to the radial nerve. He admitted this has been a long-standing problem and is particularly problematic when he throws his curveball. The team attempted to minimize his curveball usage in an attempt to preserve the area, but even that wasn't enough. He recently received a cortisone injection to help alleviate the symptoms of

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Jeff Stotts
Jeff Stotts works as a Certified Athletic Trainer (MAT, ATC, PES, CES). He won the 2011 Best Fantasy Football Article in Print from the Fantasy Sports Trade Association.
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