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.
The Twins have reportedly signed free agent shortstop Erick Aybar to a minor-league deal, LaVelle E. Neal III of the Star Tribune reported Friday. FanRag Sports’ Jon Heyman adds that the deal comes with a potential $1.25 million if Aybar reaches the majors, with additional incentives based on plate appearances. He’ll be able to opt out on March 27. The team has yet to confirm the signing.
Aybar, 34, is now four years removed from his career year in 2014. He’s been in a state of steady decline since then, slashing just .234/.300/.348 with seven home runs and 11 stolen bases over 370 plate appearances for the Padres in 2017. His poor performance wasn’t helped by a fractured left foot, either, which cost him almost six weeks on the disabled list.
Still, the Twins see something promising in the veteran infielder, and reportedly intend to use him as another utility option this spring. Per Neal, Aybar will join fellow backup infielders Eduardo Escobar and Ehire Adrianza and may even (temporarily) take over for Miguel Sano at third base if Sano isn’t able to shape up for the role by Opening Day.