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Report: Matt Harvey’s no-show at Citi Field may have led to his suspension

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Details of Matt Harvey‘s three-day suspension are starting to emerge, though there’s still been no official confirmation from the team. The right-hander received a three-day ban after violating undisclosed team policies and was forced to skip his start on Sunday. While the team was unwilling to divulge details, a source told FOX Sports’ Ken Rosenthal that it may have had something to do with Harvey’s absence at Citi Field on Saturday.

According to the source, Harvey failed to appear at the ballpark prior to the game, claiming a migraine and a “possible communication issue” with the team. Just what sparked the communication issue was not revealed, but it’s clear that the Mets took Harvey’s absence seriously, with one source telling the New York Daily News’ Peter Botte that a “compilation of issues” dating back through last year had also been factored into the team’s ban.

This isn’t the first time the right-hander has gone head-to-head with the Mets’ head honchos, though his previous antics failed to incur any significant penalties. Rosenthal added that Harvey has the option of seeking out an independent arbitrator to appeal the suspension, should he choose to contest the team’s decision:

In lieu of Harvey’s temporary absence, the Mets amped up their search for rotation depth on Sunday, inquiring about free agent Doug Fister and claiming left-hander Tommy Milone off waivers. Adam Wilk, who replaced Harvey during Sunday’s finale against the Marlins, faltered in 3 2/3 innings after giving up eight hits, six runs and three homers.

The Mariners and Cardinals make a minor trade

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The Seattle Mariners and the St. Louis Cardinals have made a minor trade. Seattle has acquired lefty Marco Gonzales from the Cardinals in exchange for outfielder Tyler O’Neill.

Gonzales, the Cardinals’ first round pick out of Gonzaga back in 2013, is in his first season back from Tommy John surgery. It’s been a good season, in which he has posted a 2.78 ERA and 64/17 K/BB ratio over 74.1 innings across two minor league levels. He’s pitched one game for St. Louis this year and got shelled, but we’ll leave that go.

O’Neill is a third rounder from 2013. He has hit .269/.344/.505 in five minor league seasons. He’s holding his own in Triple-A this year, smacking 19 homers in 93 games.

Topps has eliminated Chief Wahoo from both new and throwback card designs

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I’ve been out of the baseball card game for a good long time, but despite this — maybe because of this — I enjoy the posts from SABR’s Baseball Card Committee. A lot of that is old time stuff that old men like me enjoy — check out the airbrushing on the “Traded” cards! — but they talk about new cards too. Definitely worth your time if cards are now or have ever been your bag.

Today there’s an interesting post, pointing out something most of us wouldn’t have otherwise noted: Topps has dropped Chief Wahoo from Indians card designs. They’re doing it for the old Braves “screaming Indian” logo as well, though the Braves no longer use that themselves.

They’re not airbrushing these logos out of photos of players — that would be Orwellian even for my extreme Wahoo-hating tastes — but in card designs which have team logos, Topps is using the block-C logo, not Wahoo, and the Braves “A” logo in place of the old logo. This includes throwback issues like the Heritage sets which put modern players on card designs from the 1950s-1960s and on simple retro designs like their 1987 variations. Any cards which once featured Wahoo on the border or on the back now features the block-C.

As you may or may not know, Topps is now the official card producer for Major League Baseball. As such, I take their doing this as a sign that MLB is continuing the slow process of de-Chiefing in whatever areas it has ultimate say.

Now if only the Indians themselves would get on board.