Matt Harvey will undergo Tommy John elbow surgery

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Matt Harvey and the Mets put off a decision on his partially torn ulnar collateral ligament, hoping that rest and rehab would do the trick, but today the team announced that the 24-year-old right-hander will undergo Tommy John elbow surgery.

Dr. James Andrews will do the honors later this month, meaning Harvey is all but certain to miss all of next season. He likely would have missed most or all of next year even if he immediately went under the knife upon learning of the injury, so Harvey’s return timetable hasn’t really changed.

As recently as two weeks ago Harvey was slated for a 6-8 week throwing program to test the strength of his elbow and general manager Sandy Alderson was even talking about possibly having him participate in the Arizona Fall League. That’s all a moot point now, though.

Here’s hoping he makes a full recovery and is ready to go in April of 2015.

Mike Trout has a torn thumb ligament, could require surgery

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Yesterday Mike Trout left the Marlins-Angels game after hurting his thumb while sliding head first into second base. After the game the Angels talked about it as if it were just a sprain. Trout had an MRI today, however, and the diagnosis is far worse: he has a torn thumb ligament.

While a treatment option has not yet been chosen, surgery is a possibility. A certainty is that he’ll miss, at the very least, several weeks of play. He has been placed on the disabled list for the first time in his career.

Trout, the reigning AL MVP and, without question, the best player in baseball, is batting .337/.461/.742 with 16 home runs, 36 RBI, 36 runs scored, and 10 stolen bases in 206 plate appearances this season. Even with the one of the weaker supporting casts in baseball, Trout had the Angels near .500 and in at least arguable contention in the AL West.

Without him, they are likely sunk. Without him, baseball is worse off.

Basebrawl! Harper, Strickland punch away, Nats-Giants fight

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SAN FRANCISCO — Nationals slugger Bryce Harper and San Francisco reliever Hunter Strickland both landed punches to the head during a wild brawl that erupted Monday after a hit by pitch.

Harper was hit in the right hip by Strickland’s 98 mph fastball in the eighth inning with Washington ahead 2-0.

Harper pointed the bat toward Strickland, charged the mound and fired his batting helmet wide of the pitcher. They started to swing away and they each connected as the benches and bullpens emptied.

At least two Giants players forcefully dragged Strickland from the middle of the brawl all the way into the dugout. Harper and Strickland were both ejected.

In the 2014 NL Division Series, Harper hit two home runs off Strickland. After the star’s second shot, in Game 4, he stared at Strickland as he rounded the bases.