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Cardinals notebook: After rainout, Steven Matz pitches indoors instead of outdoors – St. Louis Post-Dispatch

Steven Matz was looking forward to pitching against Cincinnati in front of more than 40,000 fans on Sunday when the Cardinals’ left-hander, who had been out because of a left shoulder impingement, was going to make his first start for them since May 22.

Instead, he pitched to catcher Austin Romine in front of a crowd of four, including the Cardinals’ pitching coaches, as he worked a simulated game in the Busch Stadium indoor batting cages.

Matz threw 91 pitches, probably more then he would have thrown had he been outside.

“AC (air conditioning) versus the humidity,” he said.

He said by his count he allowed two hits and no homers.

“Never (a home run) in ‘simulated.’ Only base hits,” he said, smiling.

Matz said the coaching staff treated his session as if he was facing the Reds, which he is likely to do next weekend in Cincinnati. Throughout his outing, situations against certain Reds hitters were crafted.

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Matz, who made four minor-league rehabilitation starts, the last of which was on Tuesday for Memphis in Nashville, was taken off the injured list on Sunday and right-hander Drew VerHagen, who also had had a shoulder impingement and just came off the IL on Wednesday, went back on the injured list because of a right hip impingement.

“We’re going to need (Matz) to be steady and provide us good outings,” Cardinals manager Oliver Marmol said. “When you look at our ballpark, having a lefty in the rotation helps because you force the other team to have a lot of right-handed hitters. It’s harder to hit from the right side (at Busch).”

Matz, who signed a four-year contract with the Cardinals in the off-season, is 3-3 with a 6.03 earned-run average in nine starts.

He had been looking forward to this start for some time, but he said, “Sometimes you deal with some adversity and some things fall out of your control. We’ve been through this before (with the New York Mets) in my career.

“I’m a little bit better handling it than I used to be. I used to be a lot more stressed. I would have been a little more antsy to get back out there. I’m glad we were patient and did the steps we did.” 

The skeptics have leaped on the fact that the Cardinals had expended $44 million for four years with Matz. This does not particularly bother him because he has scrubbed his Twitter account, for one thing.

“It really doesn’t matter what people say,” said Matz, 31. “I have expectations for myself.

“I can sit there and harp on the fact it hasn’t gone the way I wanted it to but, ultimately, the only thing you can change is what’s ahead.”

VerHagen’s fastball affected

Marmol said the impingement had affected VerHagen’s fastball, mostly in its vertical break.

“His breaking ball is completely fine,” Marmol said. “His slider plays. It will get swings and misses. But if you look at what his fastball is doing, there’s a big difference.”

VerHagen threw a couple of costly fastballs, one of which went for a two-run homer by Will Smith, to fuel a late-inning comeback by the Los Angeles Dodgers last week in his first game back on the roster.

“I would like to have a couple of them, back, …….

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Steven Matz was looking forward to pitching against Cincinnati in front of more than 40,000 fans on Sunday when the Cardinals’ left-hander, who had been out because of a left shoulder impingement, was going to make his first start for them since May 22.

Instead, he pitched to catcher Austin Romine in front of a crowd of four, including the Cardinals’ pitching coaches, as he worked a simulated game in the Busch Stadium indoor batting cages.

Matz threw 91 pitches, probably more then he would have thrown had he been outside.

“AC (air conditioning) versus the humidity,” he said.

He said by his count he allowed two hits and no homers.

“N…….

Steven Matz was looking forward to pitching against Cincinnati in front of more than 40,000 fans on Sunday when the Cardinals’ left-hander, who had been out because of a left shoulder impingement, was going to make his first start for them since May 22.

Instead, he pitched to catcher Austin Romine in front of a crowd of four, including the Cardinals’ pitching coaches, as he worked a simulated game in the Busch Stadium indoor batting cages.

Matz threw 91 pitches, probably more then he would have thrown had he been outside.

“AC (air conditioning) versus the humidity,” he said.

He said by his count he allowed two hits and no homers.

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