That’s what Sandy Alderson says anyway:
“I think he’s got most of the control,” Alderson told WFAN radio’s Mike Francesa on Tuesday. “I mean, it’s his body. He ultimately decides what’s in his best interest. All we can do is advise and recommend.”
Which, to be fair, is how you, I and every other adult makes medical decisions. Of course our medical decisions usually don’t affect our employer as much as Harvey’s will so you might expect a little stronger input on the part of the Mets.
Based on all my years of medical training and, also, a lot of anecdotal b.s. I’ve read (you decide which weighs more heavily), I’d be somewhat surprised if Harvey doesn’t opt for surgery. He’s young. The overall success rate of Tommy John patients compared to rehab patients is favorable. The Mets aren’t likely to make a playoff run with or without him in 2014. It just seems to push that way.
The Braves have signed reliever Blaine Boyer to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training, MLB.com’s Mark Bowman reports. Bowman adds that the right-hander has a “good chance” to make the Braves’ bullpen out of spring training.
Boyer, 35, spent the past season with the Brewers, finishing with a 3.95 ERA and a 26/17 K/BB ratio in 66 innings.
Boyer, of course, started his professional baseball career with the Braves as they selected him in the third round of the 2000 draft. Since the Braves traded him in 2009, Boyer has pitched for the Cardinals, Diamondbacks, Mets, Padres, and Twins along with the Brewers.
Update (6:48 PM EST): Topkin reports the contract will be of the major league variety.
Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports that the Rays and free agent reliever Shawn Tolleson are close to finalizing a contract.
Tolleson, who turns 29 years old on Thursday, had an ugly 2016 season, finishing with a 7.68 ERA and a 29/10 K/BB ratio in 36 1/3 innings. He was one of the Rangers’ best relievers in the two seasons prior to that, however, which included saving 35 games in 2015.