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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.

Padres, Mariners join list of teams to extend netting

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The Reds announced earlier that they plan to extend the protective netting at Great American Ball Park in time for Opening Day next season. You can add the Padres and Mariners to what will surely be a growing list.

A young fan was struck in the face by a foul ball at Yankee Stadium on Wednesday, which gave new life to the netting debate. Some fans and media types think Major League Baseball is not doing enough to protect fans. While Major League Baseball has issued guidelines for protective netting, it is ultimately up to the teams to decide just how much netting to use.

Zach Britton receives stem cell injection, likely done for the season

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Orioles closer Zach Britton is likely done for the remainder of the 2017 season after receiving a stem cell injection in his left knee, Peter Schmuck and Jon Meoli of the Baltimore Sun report. Britton has been battling knee problems for most of the season.

The Orioles are still technically in the AL Wild Card race, entering play Thursday 5.5 games behind the Twins for the second Wild Card slot. With only nine games remaining, however, the 73-80 Orioles are likely being realistic about their chances and not taking any unnecessary risks with Britton.

Britton, 29, put up a 2.89 ERA with 15 saves and a 29/18 K/BB ratio in 37 1/3 innings this season. He will be eligible for arbitration for the fourth and final time this offseason.