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.
Matt Kemp is finally making some progress from a sprained left ankle. When he suffered the injury, both Dodgers manager Don Mattingly and Kemp said he would be back in a couple of days. Then Kemp was placed on the disabled list and reports were that he would be ready to go once he was first eligible. Now, we are finding out that Kemp is finally making progress and feels no pain according to Dylan Hernandez of the Los Angeles Times. Hernandez reported Sunday that Kemp is telling the Dodgers’ training staff that he is “pain-free” and expects to begin a minor league rehab assignment at some point this week. Kemp has been doing a cardio work since the Dodgers were in St. Louis on August 8 and he jogged in the outfield during the team’s pregame activities all last week. Kemp should be back in the Los Angeles starting lineup within the next 7-10 days. This ankle injury has provided Kemp the time to rest his left shoulder, which may allow him to rediscover his power stroke down the stretch.Kemp was batting just .263 with five homers, 27 RBI and nine stolen bases in 62 games before suffering the ankle sprain.