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Matt Harvey will debut for Reds on Friday


John Fay of the Cincinnati Enquirer reports that Matt Harvey will make his debut for the Reds in a start against the Dodgers on Friday night. The Reds optioned pitcher Brandon Finnegan to Triple-A Louisville.

The Reds acquired Harvey from the Mets on Tuesday after the Mets designated him for assignment. In four starts and four relief appearances for the Mets this season, Harvey struggled to a 7.00 ERA with a 20/9 K/BB ratio in 27 innings. The Mets demoted him to the bullpen after his four disastrous starts.

Harvey hasn’t been the same pitcher he was early in his career after undergoing Tommy John and thoracic outlet syndrome surgeries. His average fastball has registered under 93 MPH, a career low and well below his 2015 average of about 96 MPH.

Braves release Jose Bautista

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The Braves released veteran infielder/outfielder Jose Bautista on Sunday, per a team announcement. Right-hander Lucas Sims was recalled from Triple-A Gwinnett in a corresponding move.

Bautista, 37, was recruited by the Braves in mid-April as a potential third base option. He inked a minor league deal with the club and lasted just 12 games in the majors, during which he batted a meager .143/.250/.343 with three extra-base hits and a .593 OPS across 40 plate appearances. While he isn’t too far removed from his last productive season in the big leagues — he collected 40 home runs, a .250 average and 5.3 fWAR with the Blue Jays in 2015 — his power has been noticeably declining over the last three years, and it’s clear the Braves don’t have enough time or opportunity to wait for him to get his groove back.

Without Bautista, Johan Camargo is expected to handle the hot corner on a daily basis. The 24-year-old infielder is working through his sophomore season at the major league level and entered Sunday’s game batting .226/.368/.403 with six extra bases and a .772 OPS in 76 PA. General manager Alex Anthopoulos acknowledged that top infield prospect Austin Riley could also get a shot at playing third base sometime in 2018, though the club has no current plans to promote him from Triple-A at the moment.