No Surgery for Matt Harvey - For Now.....

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Matt Harvey and the New York Mets announced on Tuesday that the right-hander has decided that he won’t have surgery yet to repair a partially torn ulnar collateral ligament in his pitching elbow, but Harvey still has a long way to go before the Mets or fantasy owners can feel confident that he will be around in 2014. Harvey will begin a throwing program soon that’s scheduled to last 6-8 weeks, but if he has a “red flag” at any point during the program, he’ll shut things down and go under the knife. The timing of this plan works out so that Harvey really doesn’t have anything to lose by attempting to rehab the injury. If it works for him than that is great news. If he injures the elbow during this rehab, he was still going to miss all of the 2014 season whether he had surgery now or in two months, and he should be ready for the start of 2015.  

 NEWS & NOTES

  • Matt Kemp is back and knocking the baseball all over the park just in time to help the Dodgers clinch the NL West and move into the playoffs. Kemp went 4-for-4 with two doubles and 3 RBI with a run scored in the Dodgers victory against the Diamondbacks. Kemp sure gave fantasy owners something to think about with this performance and is worth picking up. For those of you that have waited for Kemp to return, congrats and lets hope there are more nights like this in the final 12 days.
  • Miguel Cabrera hit his first home run in the month of September on Tuesday night in the Tigers 6-2 victory over the Mariners. It was the 44th home run of the season for Cabrera. He has continued to deal with an abdomen injury which will continue to be an issue in the final days of the season.
  • Jay Bruce went 2-for-4 with a grand slam and five RBI in the Reds 10-0 victory over the Astros on Tuesday. Bruce has now hit 30 home runs and collected 100 RBI on the year. This is his third consecutive year to have a 30-homer season, but it's the first time he  has reached the 100-RBI level.
  • Yoenis Cespedes (shoulder) has been diagnosed with tendinitis in his right shoulder. Its great news that there is not a tear in his shoulder and will be able to continue to play as the A's are once again in the playoff chase. Cespedes at-bats in the final 12 days are expected to come in the designated hitter spot.
  • Jake Odorizzi will be recalled from Triple-A Durham Friday and he could be an option to take Jeremy Hellickson's spot in the rotation. Hellickson was awful on Tuesday night as he surrendered five runs on four hits - two homers- in 2 2/3 innings vs. the Rangers.
  • Starling Marte (hand) returned to the Pirates lineup on Tuesday night in his first start since August 18th when he suffered a contusion to his right index finger. He had a single in three at-bats Tuesday and with the Pirates having so much on the line in the final days of the season, he should be in the lineup each night.
  • Chris Davis hit his 51st home run on Tuesday as the Orioles topped the Red Sox 3-2. Davis' 51st set a Baltimore Orioles record for most in a season, passing Brady Anderson's 50 homers hit in 1996. Davis is now hitting .293 with 132 RBI and 100 runs scored and is certainly a leading candidate for the American League Most Valuable Player.
  • Tanner Roark threw seven scoreless innings to lead the Nationals past the Braves 4-0 in Game 2 of Tuesday's day-night doubleheader in Washington, D.C. Roark improved to 7-0 with a 1.08 ERA and he has a great fantasy match-up next week against the Marlins.