Rickie Weeks still not fully recovered from ankle sprain

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It’s been nearly six months since Brewers second baseman Rickie Weeks suffered a severe left ankle sprain. And he’s still in recovery mode.

Weeks was able to return from the injury last season, but he batted just .243 with a .743 OPS over his final 46 regular-season plate appearances and went 6-for-41 (.146) in the playoffs.

Weeks talked about his ongoing rehab Sunday afternoon at the Brewers’ fan convention (via Todd Rosiak of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel):

“I’m almost at 100 percent. Very close,” Weeks said at “Brewers On Deck” at the Frontier Airlines Center in downtown Milwaukee. “Still doing rehab back home, and doing precautionary stuff to get ready for spring training.

They kind of warned me that something like this would probably take some time. The baseball activities, I can do everything. Just a little strengthening here with all the muscles around the ankle. But I’m pretty optimistic about it.”

The 29-year-old Weeks has tallied 49 home runs, 58 doubles and 132 RBI over the past two seasons.

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.