New York Mets right-hander Matt Harvey, who was the National League's starting pitcher in this year's All-Star Game, has decided to undergo Tommy John surgery that probably will sideline him for the entire 2014 season.
The Mets made the announcement that Dr. James Andrews will perform the surgery later this month to repair the torn ulnar collateral ligament in his right elbow.
Harvey, 24, had said he wanted to avoid surgery by rehabilitating the injury and undergoing a throwing program of 6-8 weeks in hopes of pitching next season.
Team officials, however, said then that surgery was a possibility. Now the Mets hope he can regain his form in 2015.
Harvey went 9-5 with a 2.27 ERA in 26 starts this season, striking out 191 hitters in 178 1/3 innings. He lost his last two decisions and did not pitch after Aug. 24.
Losing Harvey creates a major void in the Mets 2014 rotation.
SANTANA RESUMES THROWING
Two-time Cy Young Award winner Johan Santana is throwing six months after having surgery to repair a re-tear of the anterior capsule in his left shoulder.
Santana, who was injured in 2012 and missed the entire 2013 season because of the surgery, wrote on Twitter Friday that he is progressing.
"Very happy to move to the next phase of my rehab! Throwing!!!! So far, so good!!!" he wrote.
Santana will likely be a free agent this winter. The New York Mets are expected to pay him a $5.5 million buyout instead of a $25.5 million option for next year. However, the Mets said they may be interested in bringing him back at a discounted rate.
The 34-year-old left-hander will probably settle for a one-year contract loaded with incentives.
Santana is 139-78 with a 3.21 ERA in 284 career starts.
The Miami Marlins are said to be all-in in their pursuit to land Cuban first baseman Jose Abreu, who impressed major league clubs during a recent two-day workout in the Dominican Republic.
According to MLB.com, it’s going take between $45-60 million to land the 26-year-old Abreu, who defected from his native country in August.
Baseball America has the Boston Red Sox, Pittsburgh Pirates, Washington Nationals and Chicago White Sox as being interested in Abreu’s services, but MLB.com pointed to the San Francisco Giants as being the favourites to land Abreu.
The Marlins were originally slated to dish out no more than $38 million for their payroll this season, but could increase that number if they land Abreu.