Kyle Weiland was going to have his next turn in the rotation skipped anyway, but instead the Astros have placed him on the disabled list with right shoulder bursitis.
Weiland, who was acquired from the Red Sox in the Mark Melancon-for-Jed Lowrie swap in mid-December, went 0-3 with a 6.62 ERA in three starts while serving up five homers in 18 innings.
Normally the Astros could have backdated Weiland’s disabled list stint to Sunday, when he last started, but because they used him as a pinch-runner Wednesday he’ll have to spend a full two weeks on the shelf.
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.