Matt Harvey’s mystery ailment from yesterday has been revealed. It turns out he had (shudder) blood clots in his bladder, which he has now passed, the Mets told the press this morning.
Harvey is back at Mets camp, though Kristie Ackert of the Daily News says he still had his hospital bracelet on and looked “tired and pale.” He may have been sapped by the experience, but the Mets just announced that he will make his Opening Day start on Sunday as scheduled.
Worth noting: while Harvey appears to be OK, blood clots in one’s bladder/urine is an extraordinarily scary thing. While it can be minor, it is also a top symptom of some serious forms of cancer, so you can imagine that the last 24 hours were dicey as hell for both Harvey and the Mets.
Not that today isn’t bringing with it some moments of levity:
Here’s hoping he’s doing OK and will be back on the mound shortly. And Matt: when you gotta go, you gotta go. So go, OK?
The Giants announced on Tuesday the hiring of Gabe Kapler as manager. Kapler, filling the extremely large shoes of future Hall of Famer Bruce Bochy, inked a three-year deal, Alex Pavlovic of NBC Sports Bay Area reports. Kapler was one of three finalists for the job, beating out Astros bench coach Joe Espada and Rays bench coach Matt Quataro.
Following his 12-year playing career, Kapler was a coach for Israel’s team in the 2013 World Baseball Classic qualifier. He then became an analyst for FS1 before joining the Dodgers’ front office as the director of player development in November 2014. He was involved in three scandals there: one in which he tried to handle a sexual assault incident involving two Dodgers minor league players without telling police, one in which he allegedly discriminated against Nick Francona, a veteran and former baseball operations employee, and an incident that implicated most of the Dodgers’ front office concerning the recruiting of international free agents. The Dodgers reportedly kept a spreadsheet of employees and their level of criminality.
Despite Kapler’s background, the Phillies hired him as their manager ahead of the 2018 season. He would lead the Phillies to an 80-82 record that year and then helped them improve by one game in 2019, finishing at exactly .500 before being fired. Kapler’s tenure in Philly was tumultuous, often drawing ire from the local media and subsequently the fan base for not being tough enough on his players. The Phillies also reportedly had a clubhouse issue in 2018 in which players were playing video games in the clubhouse during games, prompting Carlos Santana to smash a TV with a bat.
Kapler has a history with Farhan Zaidi, the Giants’ president of baseball operations. They worked together in the Dodgers’ front office as Zaidi served as GM from November 2014-18.