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Matsuzaka (elbow) was activated from the 15-day DL Thursday.

Matsuzaka hasn't pitched since July 24 due to elbow soreness, but has steadily been throwing bullpen sessions and making rehab starts for roughly a month. He'll return to the Mets in place of Vic Black, who was placed on the 15-day DL in a corresponding move to make room for Matsuzaka. Until he earns a late-inning bullpen or fifth starter role, there's not much to get excited about here in terms of fantasy value.

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The Mets appear prepared to wait until rosters expand to activate Matsuzaka (elbow), ESPNNewYork.com reports.

According to GM Sandy Alderson, Matsuzaka threw "pretty extensively" on Monday, enough to preclude the right-hander from having to make another rehab start for short-season Brooklyn on Thursday. However, it sounds like the Mets may still wait until next week to activate Matsuzaka, unless they're able to unload Bartolo Colon or another starter in the coming days.

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Matsuzaka (elbow) threw an extensive bullpen session Tuesday that likely will preclude him from starting for Brooklyn of the New York-Penn League on Thursday. In addition, there is a good chance he is activated prior to September 1, ESPN New York reports.

Matsuzaka has looked good in his rehab starts and had no problems with his injured elbow. The Mets may go to a six-man rotation in September to give Jacob DeGrom more rest and enable Rafael Montero to see some starts. Dice-K may be part of that rotation but also work out of the bullpen the last month of the season.

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Matsuzaka (elbow) allowed two hits and two walks while striking out seven in five shutout innings during a rehab start for Brooklyn of the New York-Penn League on Thursday.

This was Matsuzaka's third rehab start, during which he allowed one run in 14 innings of work. Dice-K has shown he is ready to return and likely will be activated next week, but it remains to be seen who will be sent down to make room for him and what role Matsuzaka will play.

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Matsuzaka (elbow) will make another rehab start this week, probably for short-season Brooklyn on Thursday.

With Jacob deGrom returning this week, there's no room in the rotation for Sunday's starter Rafael Montero, let alone Dice-K, so the Mets' plans for him remain murky.

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Matszuaka (elbow) allowed one run on three hits while striking out three over six innings to pick up the win in his second rehab start; this one for Double-A Binghamton on Saturday.

Matsuzaka needed just 69 pitches to get through the six innings, which comes on the heels of 39 pitches and three scoreless frames Monday at High-A St. Lucie. He may make one more rehab start before rejoining the Mets, but it remains to be seen if it will be as a starter or reliever, dependent on the status of Jacob deGrom (shoulder tendinitis) and Rafael Montero (pitching effectiveness).

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Matsuzaka (elbow) will make his second rehab start Saturday in Game 1 of a doubleheader for Double-A Binghamton, ESPN New York reports.

Matsuzaka threw three scoreless innings and 39 pitches during his first rehab appearance at High-A St. Lucie on Monday. His future role is partially dependent on Jacob deGrom's return from shoulder tendinitis as well as how well Rafael Montero pitches filling in for deGrom.

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Matsuzaka (elbow) threw three scoreless innings during his first rehab appearance at High-A St. Lucie on Monday, ESPN reports. "It's been a while since I've pitched in a game, so my focus was on how I prepared and how I went in to the game," Matsuzaka said. "I was able to do that pretty well. Everything went smoothly. I'd give it a 10."

It was encouraging outing for Matsuzaka, who allowed only one hit while striking out three batters on 39 total pitches. If he continues to progress smoothly, he'll make only one or two more rehab starts before returning to the Mets.

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Matsuzaka (elbow) will pitch in a rehab assignment Monday, but will require one or two more starts before rejoining the team, Adam Rubin of ESPN New York reports.

Matsuzaka went on the disabled list July 26, but is now nearing a return to the bullpen. He threw a 38-pitch bullpen session Saturday, but will start in rehab assignments in the minors. It's possible Matsuzaka could return to the rotation if Jacob DeGrom's shoulder MRI Monday results in a stint on the disabled list, but for now it looks as though the veteran is scheduled to return to the bullpen when healthy.

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Matsuzaka (elbow) threw 38 pitches during his bullpen session Saturday, Matt Ehalt of The Record reports.

With this bullpen session under his belt, Matsuzaka will be aiming for a rehab assignment sometime next week. If all goes accordingly, he'll be able to join the Mets' bullpen for the final stretch of the season.