Matt Harvey’s season appears primed to end with a whimper, as Kristie Ackert of the New York Daily News reports that the Mets plan to shut him down after approximately three more bullpen sessions.
Harvey repeatedly said that he wanted to pitch in the majors this season in order to get some peace of mind going into 2015. The Mets downplayed that scenario at every turn and even slowed down his rehab in June. He didn’t get on a mound for the first time until last month, which essentially ruled out any game action this year. Now Ackert hears that he’ll go into the offseason “without having faced a batter and never being allowed to throw at full strength.”
Harvey had Tommy John surgery last October 22, so his stated timeline was always overly-ambitious, although understandable for a competitive and strong-willed athlete. The Mets handled their young ace with kid gloves this year, but he’s expected to be on a normal throwing program with the rest of the pitchers at the start of spring training next February.
Thursday is September 1, which means rosters expand. As a result, the Nationals plan to promote pitcher Mat Latos to the major league roster, Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports reports. Latos had an opt-out clause for Monday, but after discussing the matter with the team, he agreed to stay at Triple-A Syracuse until Thursday.
Latos, 28, put up a 4.62 ERA over 11 starts with the White Sox before being released in mid-June. Nearly two weeks later, he signed a minor league contract with the Nationals.
In the Nationals’ minor league system, Latos has made three starts for the club’s Gulf Coast League team as well as three for Syracuse. In aggregate, the right-hander has yielded six runs (four earned) on 20 hits and 10 walks with 28 strikeouts in 28 innings.
Latos will likely pitch out of a long relief role for the Nationals and can be used as starting rotation insurance as well.
Mark Buehrle hasn’t officially retired, but he hasn’t thrown a pitch in professional baseball since last October. Still, the Blue Jays wouldn’t mind having some insurance, so manager John Gibbons recently texted Buehrle, “You know, rosters expand in September,” Sportsnet’s Ben Nicholson-Smith reports.
Buehrle’s response? He texted back a picture of a lake. Sounds like he’s not interested in making a return, at least this year.
Last year, at the age of 36, Buehrle went 15-8 with a 3.81 ERA with a 91/33 K/BB ratio in 198 2/3 innings while leading the league with four complete games. He fell 1 1/3 innings shy of a 15th consecutive 200-inning season. There are many worse ways to end a career.