Updates from the scratch files:
Jose Reyes was given the OK to do whatever it is he’s doing this week. The blood work that was mentioned when he was scratched this morning came back OK, though no one is saying what the blood work was for apart from saying it has nothing to do with his leg. Until told otherwise I’m assuming it was some sort of test to determine whether or not he is a zombie;
Nick Johnson’s scratch from the Yankees game was due to a bad back. The back went bad, he says, after “catching a spike in the tarpaulin around the batting cage at Bright House Field.” He says that he would have played today if it was the regular season. I agree, what with him not being anywhere near Bright House Field during the regular season.
In other news, based on the response from Twitter Nation following these scratches, every time Jose Reyes has a headache this season people will be mocking the Mets’ training staff and every time Johnson so much as hiccups, people will be saying that the Yankees screwed up in not keeping Johnny Damon.
Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reports that the Orioles and Mets have discussed a trade for Matt Harvey.
Rosenthal says the discussions have involved a reliever going back to New York and observes that that Harvey and Brad Brach are projected for similar salaries in their final arbitration years which could make a financial match.
There have been a handful of Harvey rumors over the past couple of days, with a report coming out yesterday that the Mets have spoken with at least two teams about their fallen ace. Jon Heyman said today that the Rangers may have been one of those teams. Maybe the Orioles are the second or, perhaps, the third?
All if this has to be pretty deflating if you’re a Mets fan, given the promise and dominance Harvey showed before injuries waylaid him the past two seasons. Harvey is still just 28 but he made only 18 starts and one relief appearance last year, posting a 6.70 ERA with a 67/47 K/BB ratio in 92.2 innings.
If the Mets can’t find a trade partner this winter, they’ll clearly hope for him to rebound at least a little bit in 2018, allowing him to regain some trade value.