New York Mets right-handed starting pitcher Matt Harvey, who is recovering from Tommy John surgery, has said that he aims to pitch in the big leagues again come August. That seems like a pretty lofty goal to us over here at FFLockerRoom, but we do admire his dedication. Recovery from this sort of surgery usually takes a solid year-and-a-quarter to a year-and-a-half. For those that are worried though, don’t. The organization still has to approve his return this season, which in our eyes is highly unlikely. The good news though is he is playing long-toss right now, throwing from 60 feet and should advance to 75 later on in the week. While the tosses are from flat ground rather than a pitching mound, it is still encouraging.
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Sticking with the Mets, more news has broken camp. Adam Rubin of ESPN has reported that general manager Sandy Alderson has started to light up the phones again trying to peddle dissapointing first baseman Ike Davis. Rumors have it that his targeted teams include the Baltimore Orioles, Milwaukee Brewers and Pittsburgh Pirates. Davis hasn’t played in a few weeks due to a calf injury and we would be shocked if any team at this point would trade for him until he proved he was healthy and ready to go.
Third baseman Chase Headley has been given the green light to play in a minor league game or two before making his Cactus League debut which most likely is Thursday. The San Diego Padres star ran at 100 percent Monday and showed no signs of injury or slowness. He remains a possibility to be in the starting lineup come Opening Day.
Seattle Mariners pitcher Hisashi Iwakuma has been cleared to throw and has a possibility of joining the rotation at some point in late-April. He will start tossing a tennis ball, and if his strained right middle finger responds as they hope, he will move up to a baseball sometime early next week.
Big-time free agent signee Jacoby Ellsbury has been suffering from a calf injury and has already been told by the New York Yankees that he will be sitting out Wednesday or Thursday. They are hoping to get the outfielder, who signed a seven-year deal this winter that averages nearly $22 million a year, ready for opening day.
Toronto Blue Jays closer Casey Janssen, who has been suffering from a shoulder injury this spring, looks to be nearing game action as his shoulder has been positively responding to tests. Toronto, who hopes to have Janssen back on the mound Friday, believe that he still can be ready for the start of the season. The good news, or at least comforting news is that the closer had suffered through a similar situation last spring and did absolutely fine during the 2013 season.
While spring training is nearing a close and the season will be starting as a whole in less than two-weeks, the Houston Astros aren’t ready to go home to Texas without trying to land a first baseman. While several names have been rumored, the likely fit could be the Mets Davis who we just mentioned is back on the block. He will come cheap, has great power potential, and a change of league scenery along with a more lax Houston fan base and cozy confines could allow for the once promising young star to finally come into his own.
Los Angeles Dodgers outfielder Carl Crawford suffered a minor shoulder injury Tuesday but it shouldn’t be serious enough to where he will miss any time come Opening Day. The organization is expected to give a more detailed announcement later on tonight.
Right-handed pitcher Adam Miller has been brought back to the Cleveland Indians as the two sides have agreed to a minor league deal. Having suffered through various injuries throughout his career, the once promising top prospect will look to work his way back into the organization’s plans.
Will Myers who has been suffering with a quad injury is back in the lineup Tuesday against the Minnesota Twins. That is great news for the Tampa Bay Rays who would like to have Myers as close to 100% as possible come Opening Day.
Look for the Oakland Athletics Josh Donaldson to return to action on Wednesday. Donaldson, who has been suffering with a calf injury had felt some tightness during Sunday’s game but should be a go for the start of the season.
Veteran pitcher Scott Kazmir, who has been suffering from a triceps injury should make his next start this Saturday. He had sat out his last game with tightness, but it is a common injury among pitchers in spring training. Look for him to be ready and take his spot in the Athletics rotation when the season starts.