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.
Matt Kemp was activated by the Los Angeles Dodgers on Monday in Phoenix. The question now is whether or not he will be of much use for fantasy owners in the final 13 days of the season. According to Dodgers manager Don Mattingly, Kemp ran the bases "really tentative", so he plans to limit Kemp to pinch hitting duties for the first few days. Fantasy owners should not expect much in the final days of the season as the Dodgers are just trying to have Kemp avaliable for the playoffs. This has been a nightmare season for him and there is no reason to think that he is close to 100%. The Dodgers are dealing with the injury bug again as Hanley Ramirez (hamstring), Andre Ethier (ankle), and Yasiel Puig (hip) are hurting as well. As for Kemp, there is real no reason to roster him for the final two weeks unless your in a keeper league format.