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.
Free agent outfielder Peter Bourjos is heading back to the Angels on a minor league deal, per a report from Steve Adams of MLB Trade Rumors. The agreement includes an invitation to spring training, but has not yet been officially confirmed by the team.
Bourjos, 31, played out a one-year gig with the Braves in 2018 and slashed .205/.239/.364 with four extra-base hits and a .603 OPS through a career-low 47 plate appearances. He showed more promise during a short-lived stint with the Giants’ Triple-A squad in the second half of the season, but elected free agency in early November and had yet to catch on with another major league club. His deal with the Angels represents a homecoming of sorts, as he played some of the best years of his career in Anaheim from 2010 to 2013 before getting traded to the Cardinals in a multiplayer swap for David Freese and Fernando Salas in 2014.
The veteran outfielder is long past his prime, but could still bring some value to the team as outfield depth behind Justin Upton, Mike Trout, and Kole Calhoun. Per Adams, he’s expected to compete for a spot as the Angels’ fourth outfielder, though he also has limited experience at DH as well.