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Mets' Matt Harvey suffers gaffe on Dan Patrick radio show, later tweets apology
It was a wild pitch that went terribly wrong. Matt Harvey has had a tough three weeks, and things did not get any easier on Wednesday when, during a national radio interview as part of his endorsement for a telecommunications company, the Mets ace came off as an awkward disciple of the Qualcomm corporation.
Matt Harvey’s Injury Shows Pitchers Have a Speed Limit
Glenn Fleisig, a biomedical engineer, knows what an arm can handle, and years of research give him the confidence to answer one of baseball’s more intriguing questions: Is there a limit to how fast a human being can throw? His answer: Yes, there is. And, he adds: That limit already has been reached. Mets pitcher Matt Harvey is the latest unfortunate example to confirm Fleisig’s research.
Matt Harvey will try to avoid Tommy John surgery for now
When Dr. James Andrews gives you advice on your elbow ligaments, you listen, so Mets ace Matt Harvey is going to wait and see if a rehabilitation program can help him avoid Tommy John surgery. Harvey, the 24-year-old right-hander who started the All-Star Game for the National League this year, has not pitched since Aug. 24.
Kyle Seager determined to fight through slump
Kyle Seager has struggled through a 2-for-29 stretch at the plate over the past eight games, going into Monday's series opener against the Tigers, but manager Eric Wedge will let the youngster continue building on his team-record 102-consecutive start stretch at third base. Seager has been one of Seattle's best hitters all season, but he's hit just .193 (29-for-150) since Aug. 3 as his average has dropped from .300 to .272.
Matt Harvey makes visit to Dr. James Andrews
Mets ace Matt Harvey hasn't pitched since Aug. 24 and has been shut down for the remainder of 2013 because of a partially torn UCL in his throwing elbow. For some time now, the plan has been for Harvey to receive an informed second opinion and then decide whether to attempt rest and rehab or undergo the perhaps-inevitable Tommy John surgery.
Chris Iannetta of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim named the American League Player of the Week
Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim catcher Chris Iannetta has been named the American League Player of the Week for the period ending September 15th. The announcement was made earlier today on MLB Network. Iannetta batted .429 (9-for-21) with two doubles, three home runs, five RBI, seven runs scored and two walks over six games to claim his first career weekly honor.
Chaz Frank makes strides in pro baseball
Chaz Frank completed his season as a professional baseball player recently and — not surprisingly — it has to rate as a big success. The former Central Davidson and University of North Carolina standout hit .282 with 16 RBIs in 49 games for the Vancouver Canadians, the short-season Single-A affiliate of the Toronto Blue Jays.
Matt Harvey: 'My arm feels great'
New York Mets ace Matt Harvey still hopes to avoid undergoing Tommy John surgery but plans to visit Dr. James Andrews Monday to gauge the medical need for the procedure. Mets doctors diagnosed Harvey with a partially torn ulnar collateral ligament in his right elbow on Aug. 26, and the All-Star was shut down for the season.
Daniel Bard happy to be a Cub
Calling his new team a "fresh environment," Chicago Cubs pitcher Daniel Bard is hoping to return to the form that made him one of the premier setup men in the game. "It's been a crazy year for me and even wilder few days," Bard said. Bard, claimed from the Boston Red Sox on Wednesday, may not pitch in a game this month, but that doesn't mean he's not in the Cubs' plans for next season.
Cody Stubbs' grand slam helps clinch championship
Former North Carolina baseball standout Cody Stubbs hit a grand slam Wednesday for the Idaho Falls Chukars as the Kansas City Royals’ rookie advanced league affiliate clinched the second half championship of the Pioneer League. For the season, Stubbs has batted .286 with 41 RBIs, 13 doubles, seven triples and six home runs as an infielder for the Chukars (21-13).
Kyle Seager is equal opportunity home-run artist
Mariners third baseman Kyle Seager continues to refine his power stroke and it doesn't matter whether there's a right-hander or a left-hander on the mound. When the lefty-swinging Seager went deep against Royals lefty Bruce Chen in Tuesday night's 4-3 loss, it reinforced the notion that Seager is a power force against all types of pitching these days. Ten of his 22 homers have come off left-handers.
Wood Myers Sparks Tar Heels In Baseball Fall Scrimmage
Freshman infielder Wood Myers had four hits and freshman Zac Gallen tossed three scoreless innings to lead the Blue team to a 5-4 win over the Navy team in Carolina's first fall scrimmage Wednesday at Boshamer Stadium. Matt Roberts knocked a two-run homer to left and Tom Zengel had a pair of hits for the Navy squad.
Cubs claim Daniel Bard
The Chicago Cubs claimed pitcher Daniel Bard off waivers from the Boston Red Sox on Wednesday. Bard, a 28-year-old right-handed reliever and onetime starter, was a dominant late-inning pitcher between 2009 and 2011, but issues with his confidence and injuries derailed his career in Boston.
Lack of draft-day call fuels Chris Munnelly’s pitching
After being bypassed in Major League Baseball’s draft in June, Chris Munnelly is relishing his role in the Houston Astros organization as a shutdown relief pitcher. “So far, so good,” he said by telephone from Greeneville, Tenn. “I enjoy relieving. I think I’ve found my little niche here.” Munnelly, a graduate of North Carolina, will finish his first regular-season of professional baseball this week.
Cubs discussing acquiring Daniel Bard
The Chicago Cubs have had preliminary internal discussions about the possibility of acquiring reliever Daniel Bard from the Red Sox. It is unclear at this time if the team will express serious interest in the coming days, but the club is at least discussing the possibility of bringing Bard to Chicago. Bard, 28, was designated for assignment by the Red Sox on Sunday.