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.
Yankees outfielder Aaron Judge found himself front-and-center in a weird play in the bottom of the fourth inning during Game 4 of the ALCS on Tuesday evening. Judge drew a walk to lead off the frame. After Didi Gregorius lined out, Gary Sanchez flied out to shallow right-center.
Judge must have thought the ball had a high probability of falling in for a hit, so he was past the second base bag around the time he realized his mistake. He retraced his steps, running back to first base. Reddick’s throw hopped a couple of times but first base umpire Jerry Meals called Judge out on the tag-up play.
Manager Joe Girardi requested a review and the call was overturned: Judge was safe. However, Astros manager A.J. Hinch wanted to challenge that Judge did not re-touch second base on his way back. Rather than issuing a formal challenge, the Astros had to appeal the play by having starter Lance McCullers throw to second base, at which point second base umpire Jim Reynolds would issue a ruling. McCullers was a bit hasty, though, and made his appeal throw before Greg Bird stepped into the batter’s box. Reynolds told McCullers that he had to wait. So, McCullers again made his appeal throw.
This time, Judge was running and he was simply tagged out at second base for the final out of the inning. No need for a review.
As Ken Rosenthal explained on the FS1 broadcast, the Yankees were trying to “beat the police.” They knew Judge would have been ruled out — replays clearly showed he never re-touched the base — so they had nothing to lose by sending Judge. If he was safe, the Astros would no longer be able to appeal the play. If he’s out, then it’s the same outcome they would have had anyway.