The Mets may not be buyers at the deadline

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Via Ken Davidoff, word, from Larry King of all people, that Mets owner Fred Wilpon’s losses to scamster Bernie Madoff were way bigger than most of us speculated:

“There was a time when we were almost going to give him everything,”
says King. “In fact, Morgan Stanley, who I invest with, those guys used
to tell me, ‘This guy is amazing.’ I never met him, never talked to
him. We’d get the monthly statement. He was kind of like a mystery man.
He’d turn down people. My brother said, ‘Can I get to invest with
him?’–he turned him down. I think that added to the mystique.” King
mentions that the man who got King with Madoff, New York Mets owner
Fred Wilpon, lost $700 million. “Freddie says he’s not angry,” King
says, “he’s betrayed.”

I think it’s fair to say that the Mets will not be serious buyers at the trade deadline.

Report: Steven Matz has been pitching through pain, may need elbow surgery

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Newsday’s Marc Carig reports that Mets starter Steven Matz has been pitching through pain for most of the season. He may need surgery to fix a nerve issue in his elbow. Matz was sidelined in spring training with an elbow injury and made his regular season debut on June 10.

Matz, 26, has struggled over 13 starts, posting a 6.08 ERA with a 48/19 K/BB ratio in 66 2/3 innings. Many were scrambling for explanations for his pitching woes and now they have it.

According to Carig, the Mets let Matz skip his bullpen sessions to help him pitch through the pain. Given the Mets’ shoddy history of dealing with injuries, that’s not a good look for the club.

Carig noted on Twitter that Jacob deGrom offers some optimism for Matz’s case. deGrom underwent right elbow surgery to repair ulnar nerve damage last September and bounced back to have a great season this year.

Clayton Kershaw’s simulated game went so well he threw an extra inning

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Dodgers lefty Clayton Kershaw was scheduled to throw three innings in a simulated game on Monday. That simulated game went so well, he threw an extra inning, MLB.com’s Ken Gurnick reports. Kershaw will make a minor league rehab start next and could be activated towards the end of next week.

Kershaw, 29, has been on the disabled list since July 24 with a lower back strain. That put the pause button on another outstanding season. He’s carrying a 15-2 record with a 2.04 ERA and a 168/24 K/BB ratio in 141 1/3 innings.

The 87-35 Dodgers have run away with the NL West, needing some combination of 20 wins and 20 Rockies losses (19 for the third-place Diamondbacks) to officially clinch the division. While the Dodgers are all but mathematically assured of reaching postseason baseball, the club would still like to get Kershaw as ready as possible over the next month-plus.