Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. told Jim Salisbury of CSNPhilly.com Monday that he is tired of fans who “bitch and complain” about the moves made by his front office. He went on an apology tour for those comments Tuesday, even acknowledging to the hosts of Comcast SportsNet’s “Philly Sports Talk” that he probably waited a year too long to start rebuilding. Here’s part of that appearance …
Mets ace Matt Harvey had the worst start of his young major league career on Saturday against the Pirates, surrendering seven runs in four innings, and manager Terry Collins indicated a few days later that Harvey is fighting through a period of “dead arm.”
But all is well with the 26-year-old right-hander.
According to beat writer Adam Rubin of ESPN New York, Harvey threw his normal bullpen session Tuesday without issue and will make his next scheduled start this Friday against the Marlins.
Even with the rough outing Saturday, Harvey still boasts a 2.91 ERA, 0.989 WHIP, and 60/10 K/BB ratio in 58 2/3 innings this season.
Harvey missed all of 2014 following Tommy John reconstructive elbow surgery.
Reds second baseman Brandon Phillips missed back-to-back games earlier this month after being diagnosed with a painful case of turf toe in his left foot, and now the problem has resurfaced.
Beat writer C. Trent Rosecrans of the Cincinnati Enquirer reports that Phillips is out of the Reds’ starting lineup on Tuesday evening against the Rockies after reaggravating the toe injury.
And the absence could extend for several days.
Kristopher Negron will fill in at second base.
Phillips, 33, is batting .299/.337/.357 with two home runs and 18 RBI in 40 games this season for the Reds, who are 18-26. He’s making $12 million in 2015 and is owed $27 million between 2016 and 2017.
More bad news on the Cardinals’ starting pitching depth from Jenifer Langosch of MLB.com …
Left-hander Marco Gonzales will miss his next start with Triple-A Memphis, initially scheduled for Monday, after again feeling tightness around the left pectoral muscle while doing his flat ground throwing work on Saturday.
It’s the same issue that sidelined Gonzales after his April 20 start, though the lefty was back on the mound by May 9 and has made three starts since.
Gonzales pitched well in his latest outing for Memphis, striking out seven and allowing only one run over six innings, and he was almost certain to be the next man up for the St. Louis rotation. Jaime Garcia is filling Adam Wainwright’s spot right now, but Garcia can’t seem to keep his left shoulder from barking.
Wainwright is done for the season with a ruptured left Achilles tendon and now Gonzales appears to be facing an extended shutdown period. Cardinals general manager John Mozeliak may be forced into an early trade for someone who can eat innings. The health of Garcia grows more important by the second. He’s making $9.25 million in the final guaranteed year of his contract with St. Louis.
Back on May 3, the Chicago Cubs claimed right-handed reliever Anthony Varvaro off waivers from the Red Sox. But a recent MRI revealed a torn flexor tendon in his pitching elbow and so the Cubs have returned him to Boston as damaged goods. Alex Speier of the Boston Globe explains …
Varvaro is now on the disabled list with the Red Sox and won’t pitch again this season. The 30-year-old had an impressive 2.63 ERA, 1.079 WHIP, and 50/13 K/BB ratio in 54 2/3 innings last summer with the Braves.