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.
Former All-Star first baseman Todd Helton has been charged with driving under the influence after a single-car accident in Knoxville, Tennessee.
According to the sheriff’s report, Helton’s car struck a telephone pole just before 6PM on March 18. He was not seriously injured, but was taken to the hospital for observation. Helton told deputies that he had taken an Ambien a few hours earlier. There was a cup in Helton’s car that “had the odor of an alcoholic beverage.”
Helton’s lawyer says that Helton has entered a treatment program. This was his second DUI arrest in the past six years. He was arrested in Colorado in 2013 while on the disabled list during his final season playing for the Colorado Rockies. He retired that year.
Helton, a five-time All-Star, played for the Rockies from 1997 through 2013, winning three Gold Gloves and collecting 2,519 hits and 369 homers. In 2000 he led the league in batting average, on-base percentage, slugging percentage, RBI, doubles, total bases and hits.