Craig Calcaterra

Blogger at NBC's HardballTalk. Recovering litigator. Rake. Scoundrel. Notorious Man-About-Town.
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Settling the scores: Thursday’s results


Sorry. Just not in the mood for snarky sports jokes first thing this morning. We’ll all go on with our days today because that’s what people do, but waking up to the news out of Dallas, fresh on the heels of what happened in Minnesota and Baton Rouge, is simply despairing.

Our culture is permeated with the notion that violence — particularly shooting people — is the best means of solving problems. It’s not limited in scope. It’s seemingly the first solution reached for by everyone. It’s the default reaction of our foreign policy, our policing, our public anger, our fear and our entertainment. Violent assertion of our dominance, preferably with firearms, that’s the answer. That’s the first reaction. That’ll make it all better.

I don’t know how we got this way. Maybe it’s part of our national DNA. Maybe our impulse to point at this or that easy answer to counteract it is naive. Maybe all humans are really like this and there are just conditions or qualities present in our country that allow us to more easily carry through with our most base and violent impulses.

And yes, I know it’s not everyone. Not all police. Not all people angry with police. Not all anyone. But that it’s as many anyones — that these stories are on a constant loop in recent years — makes that distinction sort of pointless. It just means more of us are watching this horror and are either powerless to do anything about it or unwilling to try. That doesn’t exactly make me feel better for the world in which I’m trying to raise my children.

Like I said, we’ll all step to our routine as the day goes on. There will be jokey baseball posts this morning, of that I am sure. But for now it’s hard to wake up to this world without stopping for a bit and wondering what in the hell is so wrong with it.

Here are the box scores.

Angels 5, Rays 1
Cardinals 5, Pirates 1
Blue Jays 5, Tigers 4
Yankees 5, Indians 4
Mets 9, Nationals 7
Twins 10, Rangers 1
Braves 4, Cubs 3
Athletics 3, Astros 1
Royals 4, Mariners 3
Rockies 11, Phillies 2
Padres 6, Dodgers 0

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


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.