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Matz Breaking Free

It took left-hander Steven Matz essentially three years to do it but he finally made his professional debut this past season. The 2009 first round pick took a while to come back from his Tommy John surgery and even experienced some pain as late as earlier this year, but after finding some success in 2012 and getting some innings under his belt, he says he believes his injuries are behind him.

He made just six starts for the Kingsports Mets and was shut down prematurely after getting some shoulder inflammation, which was quite natural considering he had missed so much time over the years. While he would have liked to finish out the season, he can't help but feel a sense of relief that he got his debut out of the way. "It was pretty exciting," Matz said. "It was a big relief to...

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