Matt Harvey reported to his new team, the Los Angeles Angels, this week. And almost as soon as he did he got hurt: he’ll be sidelined 10 days because of a glute strain suffered while doing agility drills.
Well, that’s a pain in the— [Editor: don’t even think about it, Craig]
Harvey is on a one-year, $11 million deal with the Angels looking to build on the modest progress he made after being traded to the Reds last season.
The glute strain itself is not a big deal, of course, especially this early in spring training. And, for what it’s worth, based on some pictures of him from initial workouts in Tempe, he looks to be in pretty good shape. A bit more svelte than he’s been for the past couple of years.
The Red Sox salvaged the final game of their three-game home series against the Astros, winning 4-3 on Sunday afternoon. In doing so, they ended the Astros’ 10-game winning streak.
Xander Bogaerts struck the decisive blow, knocking in a run with a double in the seventh inning to break a 3-3 tie. Michael Chavis also hit another homer — his eighth of the season — while Mookie Betts collected three hits and scored three runs to raise his OPS to .899.
The Astros last lost on May 7 against the Royals, the second game of a three-game series. The Astros won the final game of that set, then swept the Rangers in a four-game series, the Tigers in three, and won the first two games against the Red Sox. It’s their second 10-game winning streak of the season, as they won 10 striaght between April 5-16, sweeping the Athletics, Yankees, and Mariners before losing the second of two games against the A’s in Oakland.
At 31-16, the Astros are slightly behind the Twins — in progress as of this writing — for the best winning percentage in the majors. The Red Sox, meanwhile, have made up some ground after ending April 13-17. They’re now 24-22, good for third place in the AL East.