Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle reports that Athletics pitcher Matt Harvey isn’t opting out of his minor league contract. Harvey was hoping to pitch his way into the starting rotation, but the club has asked him to pitch in relief a few times at Triple-A Las Vegas. If he performs well, he could join the major league bullpen.
Harvey, 30, made 12 miserable starts for the Angels before being released on July 21. The A’s signed him to a minor league deal two weeks ago. In three starts at Triple-A, Harvey has allowed six runs on 12 hits and four walks with 18 strikeouts in 15 innings.
Harvey has pitched in relief only five times in the majors, four of which were his last four appearances with the Mets in 2018 before being traded to the Reds.
Cardinals president of baseball operations John Mozeliak confirmed on Sunday, to KMOX/1120 AM and StlToday.com, that pitcher Carlos Martínez underwent a “small procedure” to address discomfort in his right shoulder and encourage healing as well as a platelet-rich plasma injection.
Martínez, 28, began experiencing shoulder issues in 2018 which impacted his ability to pitch deep into games. Upon his return from the injured list in late August that year, the club moved him into the bullpen. He remained in the bullpen for 2019, making his season debut in May, and had a successful year, racking up 24 saves with a 3.17 ERA and a 53/18 K/BB ratio in 48 1/3 innings.
Martínez wants to start again and the Cardinals have said they will afford him the opportunity. He is expected to be on track to participate in spring training as usual.