Craig Calcaterra

FILE - In this Sunday, March 13, 2016, New York Mets starter Matt Harvey pitches during the first inning of an exhibition spring training baseball game against the Miami Marlins in Jupiter, Fla. The Mets are giving the ball to Harvey, who will get another shot at the World Series champions on opening day. Manager Terry Collins announced the decision Thursday, March 17, 2016, for the April 3 game in Kansas City.  (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson, File)
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Matt Harvey had blood clots in his bladder, will make his Opening Day start

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Matt Harvey’s mystery ailment from yesterday has been revealed. It turns out he had (shudder) blood clots in his bladder, which he has now passed, the Mets told the press this morning.

Harvey is back at Mets camp, though Kristie Ackert of the Daily News says he still had his hospital bracelet on and looked “tired and pale.” He may have been sapped by the experience, but the Mets just announced that he will make his Opening Day start on Sunday as scheduled.

Worth noting: while Harvey appears to be OK, blood clots in one’s bladder/urine is an extraordinarily scary thing. While it can be minor, it is also a top symptom of some serious forms of cancer, so you can imagine that the last 24 hours were dicey as hell for both Harvey and the Mets.

Not that today isn’t bringing with it some moments of levity:

Here’s hoping he’s doing OK and will be back on the mound shortly. And Matt: when you gotta go, you gotta go. So go, OK?

Rob Dibble talks smack to Carlos Gomez, backs down when Gomez responds

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Smack talk is not my favorite mode of conversation, but I do respect true artists of the genre. If you’re committed to it, if you can back it up and if the mix of humor and hate is appropriate, it can be entertaining on occasion.

In contrast, bad smack talk is horrible. Ill-thought-out disses and slams and smack infused with mere kneejerk reaction as opposed to true inspiration rarely plays well. And it’s a total failure if you don’t own it and truly commit.

A great example of the latter instance was on display on Twitter last night following a Carlos Gomez home run against the Braves. Gomez, as he tends to do, made a bit of a show out of his very long homer. There was a mild bat flip, but not much of one, to start things. When he got to home plate, however, he did a dab thing:

Not the most over-the-top thing you’ve ever seen, but enough to set former major leaguer Rob Dibble off:

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Gomez saw this and responded:

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And Dibble — busted — backed down:

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The best part of this is that, several years ago, when Dibble was fired from his job as a Nationals commentator for mocking Stephen Strasburg for leaving a game WITH A TORN LIGAMENT, his big defense was, in essence, “hey, I say unpopular things sometimes and you all have to suck it up and deal with my truth bombs.” Now he can’t even offer up some smack talk on Twitter without quickly backing down the moment he’s confronted.

Oh, how the mighty have fallen.

Jamey Wright is retiring

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The Dodgers announced that Jamey Wright is going to announce his retirement today.

Wright sat out last season after being released by the Rangers during spring training, and signed a minor-league deal with the Dodgers back in February to give it one last chance. That chance didn’t pan out — he gave up nine earned runs in six and two-thirds innings this spring — but at least he went down pitching.

Weight enjoyed a 19-year major league career, split between starting in the earlier half and then becoming a reliable bullpen option in the second half. He ended up pitching for ten different teams, spending more time in Colorado — six seasons — than anyplace else. He actually did two stints with the Rockies, being drafted by them in the first round in 1993 and breaking into the bigs with them in 1996 and serving a second tour at Coors Field in 2004-05. For his career he was 97-103 with a 4.81 ERA (96 ERA+) in 2,036 and two-thirds innings over 719 games, 248 of which were starts.

Happy trails, Mr. Wright.