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Steven Souza suffers intercostal strain

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Steven Souza had a somewhat disappointing debut season with the Rays in 2015, missing a large chunk of time with a fractured left hand. Now his second season with the Rays is off to an iffy start too.

Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports that Souza suffered an intercostal strain while taking swings in a batting cage at Rays camp. There won’t be an MRI taken for a couple days, so the severity is uncertain. It’s likely to cost him at least a couple of weeks.

Opening Day is still a long way away and Souza could feasibly catch back up with the other outfielders in Rays camp if the strain is minor, but a season-opening disabled list stint is now a real possibility.

There should be an update on the 26-year-old outfielder later this week.

Mets, Orioles have discussed a Matt Harvey trade

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Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reports that the Orioles and Mets have discussed a trade for Matt Harvey.

Rosenthal says the discussions have involved a reliever going back to New York and observes that that Harvey and Brad Brach are projected for similar salaries in their final arbitration years which could make a financial match.

There have been a handful of Harvey rumors over the past couple of days, with a report coming out yesterday that the Mets have spoken with at least two teams about their fallen ace. Jon Heyman said today that the Rangers may have been one of those teams. Maybe the Orioles are the second or, perhaps, the third?

All if this has to be pretty deflating if you’re a Mets fan, given the promise and dominance Harvey showed before injuries waylaid him the past two seasons. Harvey is still just 28 but he made only 18 starts and one relief appearance last year, posting a 6.70 ERA with a 67/47 K/BB ratio in 92.2 innings.

If the Mets can’t find a trade partner this winter, they’ll clearly hope for him to rebound at least a little bit in 2018, allowing him to regain some trade value.