Mets pitcher Matt Harvey will be sidelined for several weeks with a stress injury to the scapula bone in the right shoulder, the latest injury to a career already slowed by Tommy John surgery and a Thoracic Outlet Syndrome operation.
The injury-ravaged Mets also placed second baseman Neil Walker on the 10-day disabled list with a partially torn left hamstring. He was replaced by infielder Gavin Cecchini, who was recalled Thursday from Triple-A Las Vegas.
Mets general manager Sandy Alderson said Harvey is expected to go on the DL Friday. The Mets, reticent to be precise with outlooks of injured players, said only that Harvey and Walker are expected to miss “several weeks.”
Harvey had a platelet-rich plasma injection at the Hospital for Special Surgery on Thursday, a day after his fastball averaged 91.8 mph against the Chicago Cubs, down from 94-96.5 mph in his previous starts this season, according to Brooks Baseball.
Reliever Thornburg out for season
The Red Sox say reliever Tyler Thornburg will have season-ending right shoulder surgery.
Boston says the right-hander will be treated in St. Louis for thoracic outlet syndrome. The condition results from the compression of nerves or blood vessels between the neck and the armpit.
Thornburg has not pitched for Boston since he was acquired in an offseason trade with the Brewers for Travis Shaw.
In five seasons with Milwaukee, Thornburg has a 14-9 record with 13 saves and a 2.87 ERA in 144 career appearances.
He is expected to be ready for the 2018 season.
Yankees injury troubles continue
CC Sabathia went on the 10-day disabled list Thursday after the Yankees left-hander was diagnosed with a left hamstring strain that could sideline him for at least four weeks.
The pitcher sustained the Grade 2 strain when pushing off the rubber Tuesday in Anaheim. New York recalled right-hander Domingo German from Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre to take Sabathia’s roster spot and also brought up right-hander Luis Cessa from Triple-A.
First baseman Greg Bird suffered a setback in his rehab from a bone bruise in his right ankle. Manager Joe Girardi said Bird will be examined by team physician Dr. Christopher Ahmad on Friday.
Bird has been on the DL since May 2 after fouling a ball off the ankle late in spring training.
“It’s unfortunate that Greg’s not ready but we’ll figure it out,” Girardi said.
New York optioned righty Ronald Herrera to Double-A Trenton and Cessa replaced him. Cessa might start Saturday or Sunday against the Athletics.
Astros ink Cuban Elian Rodriguez
The Astros have agreed to a minor league contract with 20-year-old Cuban right-hander Elian Rodriguez that includes a $1.9 million signing bonus.
The deal was announced Thursday, the last day of the 2016-17 signing period. The deal raises Houston’s international signing bonus total to $10,757,500, well above its $2,197,000 signing bonus pool, and the Astros will incur a tax of $8,560,500.
Houston said Rodriguez has a 92-97 mph fastball and two power breaking pitches. His bonus is payable within 30 days of the deal’s approval by the commissioner’s office and is contingent upon his obtaining a U.S. work visa.
In the international signing period that opens July 2, Houston’s bonuses will be capped at $5.75 million, not including bonuses of $10,000 or less, as part of baseball’s new labor contract. In addition, as a penalty for their total this year, the Astros may not give an international amateur a signing bonus of more than $300,000 for the next two signing periods.
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