The Athletics and pitcher Matt Harvey have agreed on a minor league contract, Roster Roundup reports on Twitter. Jon Heyman confirms the signing.
Harvey, 30, was released by the Angels last month after putting up an ugly 7.09 ERA with 39 strikeouts and 29 walks in 59 2/3 innings of work spread out over 12 starts. The Halos inked Harvey to a one-year, $11 million contract hoping he could turn things around, but it never happened.
The A’s will only be on the hook for paying Harvey the prorated major league minimum, making it a low-risk venture. Harvey will provide depth for the starting rotation and could even be used out of the bullpen.
Indians slugger José Ramírez broke the hamate bone on his right hand last month and had surgery on August 26 to repair it. At the time he was given the same schedule most hamate bone surgery recipients get: 5-7 weeks if all goes well. Apparently all has gone better-than-well for Ramírez, however, because the Indians are going to activate him tomorrow.
That’s good news for the Indians, who are in a dead heat with the Tampa Bay Rays for the AL’s second Wild Card with six games to go.
Ramírez, like his team, started the season slowly, but he had turned things on in July and August to help fuel Cleveland’s surge into playoff contention. He hit .320/.340/.680 with nine homers and 25 driven in in July and was hitting .321/.372/.705 with six homers and 20 driven in August when he went down. Basically, he had been a better version of the Ramírez who won the Silver Slugger Award and came in third in the MVP balloting in 2018, at least for those two months.
It’ll be interesting to see how rusty he is or if the surgery has sapped his power or bat speed. We’ll only have six games in which to see it, though.