This could be nothing. Or it could be terrifying: Matt Harvey, who was scheduled to throw off a mound early next week won’t be doing so, reports Kristie Ackert of the Daily News.
Harvey hasn’t had a setback, but rather the Mets have decided to slow the righty’s rehab down after talking to the team doctors and Dr. James Andrews. It’s apparently nothing physical. One wonders if it’s not calculated to get Harvey, who has said he’d like return before the end of the season, to cool it a bit.
Bright side: he can watch the Stanley Cup Final on Monday without getting hassled about it.
MLB.com’s Jenifer Langosh reports that the Cardinals are shutting down pitcher Carlos Martínez from throwing for two weeks because his shoulder strength isn’t where it should have been at this point. Langosch added that an MRI showed no structural damage in Martínez’s right shoulder.
Interestingly, president of baseball operations John Mozeliak didn’t sound too happy with Martínez offseason training regimen. Per Mark Saxon of The Athletic, Mozeliak said, “Obviously, there’s a history with Carlos’ shoulder and it would be probably in everybody’s best interest if he maintained a constant or perpetual approach to that program.”
Martínez, 27, battled oblique and shoulder injuries last year. He accrued just 118 2/3 innings, making just 18 starts. He was moved to the bullpen when he returned from the disabled list in August and finished out the season in that role. Still, Martínez managed a 3.11 ERA with 117 strikeouts and 60 walks.
Langosch reported last week that the Cardinals were considering using Martínez in relief again in 2019. The latest news may push the Cardinals to indeed use Martínez out of the bullpen once again. He will be reevaluated in early March, but there is a chance he won’t be ready for Opening Day.