Allen Craig aiming to get out of leg brace in three weeks

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Cardinals outfielder Allen Craig underwent surgery on his right knee around Thanksgiving and is doubtful to be ready for the start of the 2012 regular season. But his recovery, to this point, has gone smoothly.

According to Joe Strauss of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Craig is expected to have his protective leg brace removed three weeks from now. After that he’ll go through a couple months of rehab, then it’ll be on to light baseball-related workouts.

Craig, 27, batted .315 with a .917 OPS in 219 plate appearances this past year for the World Series champion Cardinals before slugging four home runs and collecting eight RBI in 37 postseason at-bats. Unless St. Louis makes a big move this winter, like signing free agent Carlos Beltran, Craig will serve as the club’s primary right fielder in 2012.

Mets, Orioles have discussed a Matt Harvey trade

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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.