In the middle of all of the Matt Harvey excitement, something else happened in today’s Mets-Tigers game: David Price plunked Mets second baseman Daniel Murphy on the hand with a pitch. It seemed wholly accidental, if you care about such things.
The pitch hit Murphy on the back of the hand. He stayed in at first, but he was removed from the game before taking the field in the top of the second inning. He’ll presumably get X-Rays.
Between the Bean and the plunk, not the best week in the world for Murphy.
Matt Harvey made his spring debut today. It was his first action since undergoing Tommy John surgery in October 2013. It was pretty darn good.
He struck out the first batter he faced, Anthony Gose. He broke the bat of Jose Iglesias. Then he got Rajai Davis to hit into a simple ground ball out, breaking his bat too. Total for the first inning: ten pitches. He dialed it up to 98 m.p.h. on his fastball. No sweat.
In the second Harvey got Nick Castellanos to fly out to right-center. Then someone named Jordan Lennerton to strike out on three pitches (note: the Tigers don’t send a lot of veterans on the long bus ride to Port St. Lucie). Finally, Bryan Holaday struck out looking. Harvey hit 99 on the gun on his penultimate pitch.
Harvey tossed 25 pitches. He was slated to throw up to 35 today. So yeah, I’d say he had a good day.
The only news that seems to be happening today is injury news. The latest: Josh Reddick:
The A’s outfielder only played in 109 games last year due to a knee injury and only 114 games in 2013 due to a bum wrist. Not starting out 2015 much better, sadly.
Royals reliever Tim Collins left his spring training debut the other day with tightness in his elbow. He just got some bad news about that:
Collins missed time last season with a flexor strain in his left elbow, appearing in only 22 games. Now he could be missing much, much more time. Tough break.
The Nats are playing the Braves today. Starting at second base for the Nationals? Dan Uggla. Which means:
Sometimes I am reminded why the Braves ended up firing Frank Wren.