Mets general manager Sandy Alderson told SiriusXM’s Inside Pitch on Sunday morning that starter Matt Harvey will see Dr. James Andrews this week for a second opinion on his injured right elbow.
Harvey has maintained that he wants to avoid surgery and rehab his torn ulnar collateral ligament instead, even suggesting to fans that he’ll be ready for the start of the 2014 season. But a torn UCL diagnosis pretty much always leads to the Tommy John reconstructive elbow procedure and Andrews happens to be the world-leader in performing them.
Alderson said last week that the decision to undergo Tommy John surgery will ultimately come down to Harvey because “it’s his body” and he “ultimately decides what’s in his best interest.”
Harvey, 24, has a 2.39 ERA, 0.99 WHIP and 261 strikeouts in his first 237 2/3 major league innings.
Jake Arrieta‘s bat is in midseason form already. The Cubs’ ace swatted a solo home run to center field off of Zack Greinke in Thursday afternoon’s Grapefruit League exhibition game, his first homer of the spring.
The blast went 465 feet, according to MLB.com’s Daren Willman.
Arrieta has hit two home runs in each of the past two seasons. Madison Bumgarner (eight) and Noah Syndergaard (four) are the only other pitchers to match or exceed his output in that department.
Greinke, meanwhile, is hoping to bounce back after a miserable 2016 season. He finished with an uncharacteristic 4.37 ERA in 26 starts in his first year with the Diamondbacks.
Angels first baseman Luis Valbuena will miss the next four to six weeks with a strained right hamstring, Pedro Moura of the Los Angeles Times reports.
Valbuena, 31, signed a two-year, $15 million contract with the Angels in January and was on track to get the lion’s share of the playing time at first base. While he’s out, however, C.J. Cron will handle first base on a regular basis. When Valbeuna returns, the two will likely form a platoon.
Last year with the Astros, Valbuena hit a solid .260/.357/.459 with 13 home runs and 40 RBI in 342 plate appearances.