So much for Max Scherzer being past his shoulder fatigue.
After skipping a start last week he rejoined the Tigers’ rotation Sunday with a decent five-inning outing against the Twins, but now Scherzer has been scratched from tomorrow’s scheduled start.
Scherzer’s fastball velocity was down versus Minnesota and the right-hander told Jason Beck of MLB.com that he had some discomfort and “lost my range of motion” following a between-starts bullpen session.
There’s no timetable for when he’ll throw again, let alone when he’ll start again, and now the Tigers are calling the injury a strained deltoid rather than merely shoulder fatigue. Drew Smyly will start in his place this weekend and now even if the Tigers can hang onto the AL Central lead they may be without their second-best pitcher in the playoffs.
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.”