Matt Harvey will visit with Dr. James Andrews this week

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Mets general manager Sandy Alderson told SiriusXM’s Inside Pitch on Sunday morning that starter Matt Harvey will see Dr. James Andrews this week for a second opinion on his injured right elbow.

Harvey has maintained that he wants to avoid surgery and rehab his torn ulnar collateral ligament instead, even suggesting to fans that he’ll be ready for the start of the 2014 season. But a torn UCL diagnosis pretty much always leads to the Tommy John reconstructive elbow procedure and Andrews happens to be the world-leader in performing them.

Alderson said last week that the decision to undergo  Tommy John surgery will ultimately come down to Harvey because “it’s his body” and he “ultimately decides what’s in his best interest.”

Harvey, 24, has a 2.39 ERA, 0.99 WHIP and 261 strikeouts in his first 237 2/3 major league innings.

Report: Padres interested in Maikel Franco

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The Padres may have some interest in acquiring Phillies third baseman Maikel Franco, according to a recent report from Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic. It seems unlikely that the team would deal their starting third baseman with J.P. Crawford (fractured left hand) sidelined through July; to that end, however, they signed infielder Danny Espinosa as minor league depth on Friday and have reportedly been eying the Rangers’ Adrian Beltre, among other veteran options.

Franco, 25, entered Sunday batting .255/.297/.425 with nine home runs and a .721 OPS in 229 plate appearances this season. While he has yet to live up to the .280+ average, 1.9+ fWAR he posted during his rookie campaign, he’s been a solid 20+ home run producer over the last few years and shown some stability at the hot corner. He’s also under team control for the next three years and could provide some much-needed insurance behind the Padres’ current third base option, 27-year-old Christian Villanueva.

Rosenthal notes that the Phillies could strike a deal for one of San Diego’s relievers, though no one specific has been connected to the team yet — and the club probably wouldn’t be able to finesse a one-for-one deal given the quality of the Padres’ pitchers. The Phillies’ bullpen has looked downright abysmal over the last month, placing 11th-worst in the league with a collective 5.34 ERA and 0.3 fWAR. Their failure to procure a viable reliever beyond Seranthony Dominguez, Victor Arano and Edubray Ramos lends a certain urgency to any potential deal they make over the next few weeks, though the official trade deadline is still over a month away.