· It has been a long recovery process for New York Mets righty Matt Harvey. After 17 starts last season, Harvey missed the rest of the year with thoracic outlet syndrome. On Sunday, he was ready to return to the mound and show that he still has it against the St. Louis Cardinals. He had ups and downs in his first start since July 4 of last year. His fastball maxed out at 94 mph--but he also gave up four runs total, three to Jose Martinez after a homerun in the second inning. His slider and changeup were effective enough as strikeout pitches, but his four-seam fastball still needs some tuning according to Mets catcher Rene Rivera. Harvey will have five more starts during Spring Training, and as always, the goal is for him to come out healthy and pain free.
· Cleveland Indians outfielder Tyler Naquin left Sunday’s game after fouling a ball off his right foot. It’s been called a bruise for now as he will receive an MRI later today to determine the severity of the injury.
News and Notes
· According to Gregor Chisholm of MLB.com, the Toronto Blue Jays have shown interest in outfielder Angel Pagan; however, it’s unlikely he ends up with the club since they already have a multitude of options in left field.
· Jim Bowden of ESPN reports that four teams have interest in infielder Brett Lawrie as the Royals, Blue Jays, Rays and Mets have all shown interest.
· Jon Heyman of FanRag sports reports that the Kansas City Royals have not had talks with any of their impending free agents which include Lorenzo Cain, Eric Hosmer, Alcides Escobar and Mike Moustakas.
· According to Bill Shaikin of the L.A. Times, Los Angeles Dodgers shortstop Corey Seager has missed the last two games due to a minor back injury he suffered while turning a double play on Friday.
· According to George A. King III of the New York Post, the New York Yankees are listening to offers on infielder Rob Refsnyder.