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Baseball notes: Mets’ Matt Harvey remains on track for opener

New York Mets ace Matt Harvey is on track to start against the Kansas City Royals on Sunday in the MLB regular-season opener. (Associated Press)

New York Mets ace Matt Harvey remains on track to start Sunday night’s opener at Kansas City after passing a blood clot in his bladder.

“I guess it started with a bladder infection that created a blood clot in the bladder,” Harvey said Tuesday. “Passed it yesterday. It wasn’t a great first day of my 27th birthday, but I cleared that and we had a little procedure done this morning just to go in and check the bladder, and everything was clear. I’m cleared to go, cleared to do some minor activities today, and then we’ll be back to normal tomorrow.”

He started to feel discomfort Sunday and said it worsened through the night. Harvey reported the issue to Mets staff on Monday.

MLB to renovate and upgrade fields

Major League Baseball is launching a new community program to refurbish ballfields all across the country over the next three years.

MLB announced it will work with The Scotts Co. to identify and renovate diamonds in need of upgrades or repair. New grass will be planted and grown, fences will be built, and other enhancements will be added such as scoreboards and dugouts.

Around the bases

The Minnesota Twins have finalized their 25-man regular season roster, making right-hander Ricky Nolasco their fifth starter. … The Washington Nationals have informed right-handed reliever Matt Belisle that he made the 25-man roster. … Drew Stubbs has been granted his release by the Texas Rangers. The Rangers also optioned right-hander Nick Martinez to Triple-A Round Rock. … The Chicago Cubs have released veteran outfielder Shane Victorino and will put utilityman Javier Baez on the 15-day disabled list. … Pitchers Chris Capuano and Blaine Boyer, and infielders Yadiel Rivera and Colin Walsh have earned roster spots with the Milwaukee Brewers. … Jeff Francoeur has made the Atlanta Braves’ opening-day roster. … South Korean outfielder Hyun Soo Kim won’t start the season with the Baltimore Orioles. Kim, who signed a two-year, $7 million contract with the Orioles last December, must agree to any minor league assignment. … Right-hander Philip Humber has told the San Diego Padres he’s retiring.