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.
Red Sox catcher Sandy Leon achieved a rare feat during Monday afternoon’s Grapefruit League exhibition against the Orioles: he homered twice in one inning. One of those homers happened to be a grand slam.
Leon led off the top of the fifth inning with a solo home run off of Logan Verrett. Verrett continued to get knocked around, giving up three singles and a walk before being relieved by Brian Moran. Moran gave up a walk to load the bases, then a single to knock in a run and keep the bases loaded. Leon stepped back to the plate and swatted a grand slam to left field, making it an eight-run fifth for the Red Sox. The Sox would tack on one more before the inning was mercifully ended.
How often do players homer twice in one inning during the regular season? Not that often. Since 2010, the feat has been accomplished four times in the American League and twice in the National League. The Orioles’ Mark Trumbo was the only one to do it last year.
As for Leon, he’s on track to open the season as the starting catcher in Boston, Jason Mastrodonato of the Boston Herald reported last week.
The Phillies announced on Monday that the club released veteran catchers Ryan Hanigan and Bryan Holaday. Both were competing for the back-up catcher spot on the team’s 25-man roster. With both out of the picture, that means Andrew Knapp has won that honor.
Knapp, 25, hit a combined .266/.330/.390 with eight home runs and 46 RBI in 443 plate appearances last year at Triple-A Lehigh Valley. He did not have a great spring but has hit well as of late, which likely pushed him ahead of Hanigan and Holaday. Knapp will serve as the understudy to starting catcher Cameron Rupp.