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Matt Harvey Shuns Surgery, Hopes for 2014 Return

One day after consulting with famed orthopedic surgeon James Andrews, Mets ace Matt Harvey has chosen to temporarily forgo surgery and attempt to return to action next season by rehabilitating his injured right elbow. Mets general manager Sandy Alderson said Harvey will "embark on a throwing program of six to eight weeks" before making a final determination about how to proceed. (Wall Street Journal)

Is Dustin Ackley fixed?

It's hard to be optimistic about Dustin Ackley. After he met expectations in his rookie year, the late season decline didn't seem like that big of a deal. It's a long season. He'd played more games than ever. He'll be fine. Sound familiar? When Ackley fell flat in 2012 and again in 2013, it's safe to say many people gave up hope. (Lookout Landing)

Mets' Matt Harvey suffers gaffe on Dan Patrick radio show, later tweets apology

It was a wild pitch that went terribly wrong. Matt Harvey has had a tough three weeks, and things did not get any easier on Wednesday when, during a national radio interview as part of his endorsement for a telecommunications company, the Mets ace came off as an awkward disciple of the Qualcomm corporation. (New York Daily News)

Matt Harvey’s Injury Shows Pitchers Have a Speed Limit

Glenn Fleisig, a biomedical engineer, knows what an arm can handle, and years of research give him the confidence to answer one of baseball’s more intriguing questions: Is there a limit to how fast a human being can throw? His answer: Yes, there is. And, he adds: That limit already has been reached. Mets pitcher Matt Harvey is the latest unfortunate example to confirm Fleisig’s research. (New York Times)

Matt Harvey will try to avoid Tommy John surgery for now

When Dr. James Andrews gives you advice on your elbow ligaments, you listen, so Mets ace Matt Harvey is going to wait and see if a rehabilitation program can help him avoid Tommy John surgery. Harvey, the 24-year-old right-hander who started the All-Star Game for the National League this year, has not pitched since Aug. 24. (Sporting News)

Kyle Seager determined to fight through slump

Kyle Seager has struggled through a 2-for-29 stretch at the plate over the past eight games, going into Monday's series opener against the Tigers, but manager Eric Wedge will let the youngster continue building on his team-record 102-consecutive start stretch at third base. Seager has been one of Seattle's best hitters all season, but he's hit just .193 (29-for-150) since Aug. 3 as his average has dropped from .300 to .272. (MLB.com)

Matt Harvey makes visit to Dr. James Andrews

Mets ace Matt Harvey hasn't pitched since Aug. 24 and has been shut down for the remainder of 2013 because of a partially torn UCL in his throwing elbow. For some time now, the plan has been for Harvey to receive an informed second opinion and then decide whether to attempt rest and rehab or undergo the perhaps-inevitable Tommy John surgery. (CBS Sports)

Chris Iannetta of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim named the American League Player of the Week

Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim catcher Chris Iannetta has been named the American League Player of the Week for the period ending September 15th. The announcement was made earlier today on MLB Network. Iannetta batted .429 (9-for-21) with two doubles, three home runs, five RBI, seven runs scored and two walks over six games to claim his first career weekly honor. (MLB.com)

Chaz Frank makes strides in pro baseball

Chaz Frank completed his season as a professional baseball player recently and — not surprisingly — it has to rate as a big success. The former Central Davidson and University of North Carolina standout hit .282 with 16 RBIs in 49 games for the Vancouver Canadians, the short-season Single-A affiliate of the Toronto Blue Jays. (Lexington Dispatch)

Matt Harvey: 'My arm feels great'

New York Mets ace Matt Harvey still hopes to avoid undergoing Tommy John surgery but plans to visit Dr. James Andrews Monday to gauge the medical need for the procedure. Mets doctors diagnosed Harvey with a partially torn ulnar collateral ligament in his right elbow on Aug. 26, and the All-Star was shut down for the season. (ESPN.com)

Daniel Bard happy to be a Cub

Calling his new team a "fresh environment," Chicago Cubs pitcher Daniel Bard is hoping to return to the form that made him one of the premier setup men in the game. "It's been a crazy year for me and even wilder few days," Bard said. Bard, claimed from the Boston Red Sox on Wednesday, may not pitch in a game this month, but that doesn't mean he's not in the Cubs' plans for next season. (ESPN.com)

Cody Stubbs' grand slam helps clinch championship

Former North Carolina baseball standout Cody Stubbs hit a grand slam Wednesday for the Idaho Falls Chukars as the Kansas City Royals’ rookie advanced league affiliate clinched the second half championship of the Pioneer League. For the season, Stubbs has batted .286 with 41 RBIs, 13 doubles, seven triples and six home runs as an infielder for the Chukars (21-13). (Asheville Citizen-Times)

Kyle Seager is equal opportunity home-run artist

Mariners third baseman Kyle Seager continues to refine his power stroke and it doesn't matter whether there's a right-hander or a left-hander on the mound. When the lefty-swinging Seager went deep against Royals lefty Bruce Chen in Tuesday night's 4-3 loss, it reinforced the notion that Seager is a power force against all types of pitching these days. Ten of his 22 homers have come off left-handers. (MLB.com)

Wood Myers Sparks Tar Heels In Baseball Fall Scrimmage

Freshman infielder Wood Myers had four hits and freshman Zac Gallen tossed three scoreless innings to lead the Blue team to a 5-4 win over the Navy team in Carolina's first fall scrimmage Wednesday at Boshamer Stadium. Matt Roberts knocked a two-run homer to left and Tom Zengel had a pair of hits for the Navy squad. (GoHeels.com)

Cubs claim Daniel Bard

The Chicago Cubs claimed pitcher Daniel Bard off waivers from the Boston Red Sox on Wednesday. Bard, a 28-year-old right-handed reliever and onetime starter, was a dominant late-inning pitcher between 2009 and 2011, but issues with his confidence and injuries derailed his career in Boston. (ESPN.com)

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