Andy Pettitte expects to return vs. O's next Sunday

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Andy Pettitte is scheduled to make his final rehab start with Double-A Scranton on Tuesday, according to Marc Carig of the Newark Star-Ledger. If all goes well, he will return from the disabled list next Sunday against the Orioles.

“I feel like I’m a healthy player and I’m good to go.”

Pettitte tossed four scoreless innings Thursday in his first minor league rehab start with the Thunder. The 38-year-old left-hander is 11-2 with a 2.88 ERA and 90/38 K/BB ratio over 18 starts this season. He has been sidelined since July 19 due to a strained right groin.

Assuming he returns as expected next Sunday, there should be enough time for him to get three starts leading into the postseason. A healthy and effective Pettitte will go a long way towards deciding their fate in October.

Report: Mets have discussed a Matt Harvey trade with at least two teams

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Kristie Ackert of the New York Daily News reports that the Mets have discussed a trade involving starter Matt Harvey with at least two teams. Apparently, the Mets were even willing to move Harvey for a reliever.

The Mets tendered Harvey a contract on December 1. He’s entering his third and final year of arbitration eligibility and will likely see a slight bump from last season’s salary of $5.125 million. As a result, there was some thought going into late November that the Mets would non-tender Harvey.

Harvey, 28, made 18 starts and one relief appearance last year and had horrendous results. He put up a 6.70 ERA with a 67/47 K/BB ratio in 92 2/3 innings. Between his performance, his impending free agency, and his injury history, the Mets aren’t likely to get much back in return for Harvey. Even expecting a reliever in return may be too lofty.

Along with bullpen help, the Mets also need help at second base, first base, and the outfield. They don’t have many resources with which to address those needs. Ackert described the Mets’ resources as “a very limited stash of prospects” and “limited payroll space.”