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Matt Harvey strained his glute

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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.

Blue Jays release John Axford

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The Blue Jays have released right-handed reliever John Axford from his minor league contract, per an announcement on Saturday. Sportsnet’s Shi Davidi speculates that the move could provide an avenue for the club to rework Axford’s contract, but the Blue Jays have yet to confirm or deny the report.

Axford, 35, was dealt a blow on Thursday after getting diagnosed with a stress reaction in the olecranon bone of his right elbow. Elbow soreness dogged the right-hander through much of his time in camp, and although he was scheduled for a follow-up examination later this spring, a definite return date had not been established.

Prior to the diagnosis, Axford was tabbed for a setup role with the team in 2019. He pitched to mixed results in 2018 (thanks in part to a late-season fracture of his right fibula) with a 5.27 ERA, 4.9 BB/9, and 9.8 SO/9 through 54 2/3 innings with the Blue Jays and Dodgers. Now, however, it’s not certain that he’ll return to the mound this season in any capacity.

Axford isn’t the only reliever the Blue Jays have lost to injury lately, either, as right-handers Ryan Tepera and Bud Norris have been sidelined with right elbow inflammation and forearm fatigue, respectively. Per Davidi, the Blue Jays offered Norris a $100,000 retention bonus to prevent him from opting out of the minor league contract he signed in February.