Will Matt Harvey May Be Out Until 2015?

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Matt Harvey and the New York Mets received devastating  news on Monday when it was revealed that Harvey has a partially torn ulnar collateral ligament in his right elbow. The diagnosis was made after he experienced some tenderness in his forearm in recent starts. Harvey expressed hope he could avoid surgery by strengthening the area around the ligament tear, but Tommy John surgery is certainly a possibility. Tommy John surgery generally requires a 12-month recovery time and would cost Harvey most, if not all, of the 2014 season. Harvey has quickly emerged as one of the best pitchers in the game, posting a dominant 2.39 ERA over his first 237 2/3 innings in the majors. Harvey will have an MRI once the swelling goes down and we will learn what the next steps are for him. 

 NEWS & NOTES

  • Derek Jeter was activated from the disabled list Monday and went 0-for-3 with a walk in a loss to the Blue Jays. It was Jeter's first game since August 2nd when he aggravated his calf strain.
  • Yasiel Puig went 3-for-5 with a home run on Monday night. Puig has been struggling at the plate the past couple weeks as he hit .185 with a homer and three RBI. Fantasy owners had to expect some regression from Puig after that ridiculous start in June, but he's still batting .346 with 13 homers, 30 RBI and seven stolen bases in 74 games.
  • Miguel Cabrera hit another home run - his 43rd on the season. This one was a two-run shot in the first inning in a Tigers loss to the Athletics. Cabrera's third homer in four days has him just three behind Chris Davis for the AL lead. He also reached 130 RBI.
  • Adam Dunn reached 30 homers for the ninth time in his career Monday against the Astros. Dunn continues to provide the power, but his .235 batting average is nothing to be excited about for fantasy owners.
  • Josh Reddick (wrist) was placed on the 15-day disabled list on Monday after aggravating the injury twice in the past week. The A's were hoping that Reddick would be able to rehab the wrist without going on the DL and continue to rehab it.
  • Rafael Betancourt (elbow) has been diagnosed with a torn ulnar collateral ligament in his right elbow. Betancourt suffered the tear last Thursday and was placed on the disabled list on Friday. If he requires surgery, Betancourt has said that retirement is certainly a possibility.
  • Coco Crisp went 3-for-6 and hit his fourth home run in five games on Monday night as the Athletics defeated the Tigers in Detroit.
  • Jay Bruce went 2-for-4 with his 24th home run on Monday night in St. Louis. Bruce has been in a power drought in August and his home run on Monday was his third this month. His batting average has also dropped from .278 to .268 since the start of August. He is a streaky hitter so Monday could be the start of another hot streak.
  • Zack Greinke gave up two runs on five hits over 8 2/3 innings in a 6-2 win over the Cubs on Monday. Greinke nearly threw a complete game, but the Cubs got to him for two runs in the ninth inning and Brian Wilson was brought on to record the final out.