Bryce Harper on Matt Harvey: “He’s going to be a Cy Young one day and everybody knows that”


Mets right-hander Matt Harvey was mighty impressive in his return from Tommy John surgery today against the Nationals, allowing just four hits and one walk over six scoreless innings while striking out nine batters. Three of those strikeouts were against Bryce Harper, who appeared to be overmatched against Harvey’s wicked stuff.

Harper was complimentary to Harvey after the game and even made a prediction, though it wasn’t exactly bold:

You can see highlights from Harvey’s start here. You’ll notice that the at-bats against Harper ended with a 97 mph fastball, a 97 mph fastball, and a 96 mph fastball. Ridiculous.

According to Brooks Baseball, Harvey induced 15 whiffs in his 91 pitches. It’s safe to say he’s picking up from where he left off nearly 20 months ago.

Stanton, Donaldson, Kahnle activated by Yankees ahead of Dodgers series

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LOS ANGELES — Giancarlo Stanton, Josh Donaldson, and Tommy Kahnle were activated by the New York Yankees ahead of their weekend series against the Los Angeles Dodgers.

New York cleared three roster spots after a 1-0 loss at Seattle, optioning infielder-outfielders Oswaldo Cabrera and Franchy Cordero to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre along with left-hander Matt Krook.

Stanton, Donaldson and Kahnle all played in a rehab game for Double-A Somerset. Stanton was hitless in three at-bats in his first appearance since injuring his left hamstring on April 15.

Donaldson went 1 for 4 in his fourth rehab game as he comes back from a strained right hamstring originally sustained on April 5.

Kahnle pitched one inning, giving up one run and one hit and walking two. He has been out since spring training with right biceps tendinitis.

Aaron Boone said he wasn’t concerned about Stanton returning after playing in just one rehab game. He did say that Stanton likely will be a designated hitter for a couple of weeks after rejoining the Yankees.

New York is missing centerfielder Harrison Bader, who strained his right hamstring against the Mariners and went on the injured list the next day.

Left-hander Carlos Rodón, sidelined since spring training by a sore left forearm and an ailing back, was transferred to the 60-day injured list.