Injured Mets starter Matt Harvey has been pitching some bullpens, but those will soon come to an end and the right-hander will begin a typical off-season according to Newsday’s Marc Carig. Harvey underwent Tommy John surgery last October and will target a return for the start of the 2015 season.
As long as there are no setbacks, Harvey will face live hitters for the first time when the Mets report to spring training in February. Pitching coach Dan Warthen seems optimistic about Harvey, saying, “The way he’s throwing right now, I think he’s a pretty happy man.”
Harvey made the National League All-Star team in 2013 and finished fourth in NL Cy Young balloting, posting a 9-5 record with a 2.27 ERA and a 191/31 K/BB ratio in 20 starts. A Mets rotation that includes Harvey, Zack Wheeler, Jacob deGrom, and Jon Niese (if he isn’t traded) could be quite formidable next season.
CHICAGO — Chicago White Sox outfielder Eloy Jimenez has a sprained right foot, likely sidelining the slugger for a pivotal season-ending series against the crosstown Cubs.
The White Sox had dropped a season-high five in a row heading into the weekend set, falling out of first place in the AL Central. They are hoping to get back on track heading into their playoff appearance since 2008, but the health of Jimenez is a concern.
Jimenez, who is batting .296 with 14 homers and 41 RBIs, was injured sliding across home in the seventh inning of Chicago’s 5-4 loss at Cleveland on Thursday. Manager Rick Renteria said the 23-year-old left fielder will need “to be off his feet” for a few days.
“There’s inflammation in there and they want to calm it down” Renteria said. “We’ll know more in a few days.”
The White Sox trailed the first-place Twins by a game heading into the series with the Cubs. They are just one ahead of the third-place Indians. The AL postseason begins on Tuesday.