Craig Calcaterra

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Matt Harvey diagnosed with “symptoms consistent with thoracic outlet syndrome”

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Mets general manager Sandy Alderson just addressed the media and said that starter Matt Harvey has been diagnosed with “symptoms consistent with thoracic outlet syndrome.” He and the club are considering surgery, which would require a recovery period of at least four months, thereby ending Harvey’s season. Alderson said there are non-surgical options available as well.

Thoracic outlet syndrome results in pressure on blood vessels and nerves in the shoulder, leading to pain and weakness in the area. Which, obviously, will affect a pitcher’s effectiveness and an alteration in mechanics as we’ve seen with Harvey, who has struggled to maintain his arm angle and, frankly, has pitched terribly.

Surgery or not, it’s a scary diagnosis for Harvey, as many pitchers who have had it in the past have had their careers ended or severely altered by the syndrome. Included in this group are Cardinals pitchers Chris Carpenter and Jaime Garcia, Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Josh Beckett, Shaun Marcum of the Indians and Matt Harrison of the Rangers. Chris Young had the surgery and came back to post a couple of effective seasons. Others have never regained past form.

If Harvey’s season were to end, he’d finish with a record of 4-10, an ERA of 4.86 and 76 strikeouts and 25 walks in 92.2 innings.

Yankees top prospect Jorge Mateo suspended for two weeks for . . . reasons

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Last evening it was reported that Yankees top prospect Jorge Mateo was suspended for two weeks — forcing him to miss the Futures Game — for allegedly mouthing off to team officials after not getting a promotion to Double-A, which he felt he deserved. Today George King of the New York Post says, well, maybe he was suspended for other reasons:

According to a source with knowledge of the situation, top Yankees prospect Jorge Mateo expressed his displeasure about not getting promoted from Single-A Tampa to Double-A Trenton, but there were indications that might not have been the reason the infielder was hit with a two-week suspension that was announced Wednesday night.

King doesn’t say what the reason might’ve been. The Yankees only said it was for a “violation of team policy.” That leaves us to speculate. I’m gonna go with general insolence and/or poor penmanship. Perhaps moral turpitude involving matters of questionable morality, perchance in the company of scoundrels and knaves. Heavens.

Mateo, who just turned 21, is playing for high-A Tampa in the Florida State League. He’s hitting .266/.323/.396 with five homers and 26 stolen bases in 76 games. In 2015 he stole 82 bases and was caught 17 times across low-A and high-A.

 

Carlos Gonzalez asked for a trade

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Jon Heyman is reporting that Rockies outfielder Carlos Gonzalez expressed interest in a trade in a meeting recently with the Rockies front office.

Now would be the time. The Rockies aren’t competing, and CarGo is hitting well, with a line of .319/.368/.556 with 18 home runs and 51 RBI through 81 games.

Heyman says the Giants could be a candidate, though intra-divisional trades of stars aren’t particularly common. The Nationals and Indians could certainly use an outfield bat, but Gonzalez is owed a prorated $17 million for this year and $20 million next year. Cleveland is not typically in the business of taking on giant contracts. Washington could. The White Sox could maybe use him if they think they’re truly contending.

It was suspected that the Rockies would at least listen to offers for Gonzalez. Seems now that he’s telling them, yeah, listen to offers, please.