Mets place Matt Harvey on the 15-day disabled list

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The Mets placed starter Matt Harvey on the 15-day disabled list due to discomfort in his right shoulder, the club announced on Wednesday evening. Harvey was seen by team doctors, then referred to Dr. Thompson in St. Louis for an examination on Thursday, the Mets explained.

This is about as good timing as the Mets could get with the injury news with the All-Star break coming up. Harvey was hit around in his last start on Monday against the Marlins, serving up six runs (five earned) on 11 hits and no walks with four strikeouts in 3 2/3 innings. That bumped his ERA up to 4.86 with a 76/25 K/BB ratio in 92 2/3 innings.

It seems like the Mets are running the gauntlet of injury news. They recently learned that Noah Syndergaard and Steven Matz are both dealing with bone spurs in their respective pitching elbows. The Mets could get Zack Wheeler back after the All-Star break, which would be a boon.

Free agent slugger José Abreu signs 3-year deal with Astros

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HOUSTON — Jose Abreu and the World Series champion Astros agreed to a three-year contract, adding another powerful bat to Houston’s lineup.

Abreu, the 2020 AL MVP, spent his first nine major league seasons with the Chicago White Sox. The first baseman became a free agent after batting .304 with 15 home runs, 75 RBIs and an .824 OPS this year.

With the Astros, he replaces Yuli Gurriel at first base in a batting order that also features All-Star sluggers Yordan Alvarez, Jose Altuve, Alex Bregman and Kyle Tucker.

Gurriel became a free agent after Houston defeated the Philadelphia Phillies this month for its second World Series championship.

The 35-year-old Abreu becomes the biggest free agent to switch teams so far this offseason. Born in Cuba, the three-time All-Star and 2014 AL Rookie of the Year is a .292 career hitter in the majors with 243 homers, 863 RBIs and an .860 OPS.

The Astros announced the signing. Abreu is scheduled to be introduced in a news conference at Minute Maid Park.