Matt Harvey, Mets hoping for healthy, drama-free 2017 seasonThe missing rib, removed from the upper right side of his chest, was easily forgotten about by Matt Harvey. Not being able to feel his right hand, the one he uses to grip a baseball, well, that was alarming. As Harvey spoke Monday about the past seven months since the surgery to correct his thoracic outlet syndrome, the missing hand still haunted him. (Newsday)
Tar Heels Seeking Power at the PlateAfter finishing near the bottom of the ACC in various batting statistics, Mike Fox is tweaking UNC’s approach at the plate. Power has not been UNC’s strength in recent years. Last season, the Tar Heels ranked 11th in the league in home runs, 11th in doubles and 10th in slugging percentage. Adding power back into the lineup has been an offseason focus. (Inside Carolina)
UNC shortstop Logan Warmoth ready to prove you wrongLogan Warmoth has always taken the extra step to establish himself on the field. Now, the North Carolina junior is among the top middle infielders in the country. He’s all too familiar to being overshadowed, but think twice before doubting the 6-foot shortstop. He’ll prove you wrong. Today, the No. 12 Tar Heels open their season at home at 3 p.m. against Kentucky. (Daily Tar Heel)
Matt Harvey determined to regain dominant formFor three days following surgery to remove a rib from his torso, Matt Harvey could not feel his right hand. He thought about his future in baseball and the past he might be leaving behind, not so far removed from his perch as one of baseball's best pitchers. "It was kind of an unknown feeling," Harvey said. (MLB.com)
Tar Heel baseball ready to start anewUNC’s baseball team didn’t figure to be back in this position again. But the Tar Heels embark on another season coming off a spring without an NCAA Tournament bid. “It’s over with. Move on. Be in the present,” junior shortstop Logan Warmoth said. “We’re hungry.” Long a prominent team in the postseason, the Tar Heels have missed out on back-to-back NCAA Tournaments. (Burlington Times News)
A Former Walk-On, UNC Centerfielder Brian Miller Embraces His Journey to the TopAlthough he was a local product coming out of Millbrook High School in Raleigh, Brian Miller went completely unnoticed by the UNC coaching staff. A lifelong Tar Heel fan, Miller instead committed to play for UNC-Asheville. When the Bulldogs’ head coach at the time, Tom Smith, decided to retire after the 2014 season, however, Miller then decided to follow his dreams. (Chapelboro.com)
High expectations loom for Triangle trio on the baseball diamondExpectations are high again in Chapel Hill even though the Tar Heels have failed to earn an NCAA tournament bid the last two seasons. That means juniors such as ace righthander J.B. Bukauskas, a preseason first-team All-American, and speedy center fielder Brian Miller, a second-team choice, have not played in the NCAA tournament. (WRAL Sports Fan)
Ex-Cub Adam Warren on World Series: ‘Being on outside looking in was tough’Reliever Adam Warren is a Yankee through and through. They drafted him in 2009. He broke into the big leagues with them in 2012 and has made all but 29 of his 205 career appearances in their employ. Ah, but those 29 appearances — with the Cubs last season — meant a lot to him. “Right after they won Game 7 I was like, man, that would be really fun to be there.” (Chicago Sun-Times)
Video: J.B. Bukauskas Baseball Media Day InterviewNorth Carolina baseball's Friday night ace spoke to reporters on Tuesday ahead the season-opening series against Kentucky this weekend.
Andrew Miller set to balance Indians' season, World Baseball ClassicIndians reliever Andrew Miller fired throw after throw, his catch partner positioned in a crouch, as a light rain fell on the practice diamond Monday morning at the club's spring complex. The lefty ace got his work in early on the eve of the first official workout for pitchers and catchers. (MLB.com)
Another rise for Matt Harvey begins quieter than the lastCan Matt Harvey regain his pitching superpowers? The answer carries clear consequences for the Mets, whose chances of securing a franchise-record third consecutive postseason appearance would improve dramatically if Harvey can pitch like he did in 2015 or, even better, 2013. (New York Post)
JB Bukauskas, Brian Miller Named to Golden Spikes Award Watch ListUSA Baseball marked the beginning of the college season this week by releasing its 55-player watch list for the Golden Spikes Award on Wednesday. A pair of UNC juniors–starting pitcher J.B. Bukauskas and centerfielder Brian Miller–were included. Bukauskas–who went 7-2 with 111 strikeouts last season–is expected to anchor the Tar Heel pitching rotation in 2017. (Chapelboro.com)
UNC Baseball 2017 Promotional Schedule ReleasedThe 2017 North Carolina baseball promotional schedule is highlighted by the return of some Boshamer Stadium favorites, including two Bark at the Bosh dates (March 28 & May 18) and our postgame fireworks show on April 28. Some new promotions this season include Dustin Ackley Bobblehead Night on May 19 and Postgame Movie Night on May 20. (GoHeels.com)
Video: UNC Baseball Coach Mike Fox Discusses 2017 SeasonNorth Carolina baseball coach Mike Fox talked to reporters on Tuesday ahead of Friday's season opener against Kentucky.
Robust Broadcast Schedule Set For UNC BaseballThe North Carolina baseball team will have a record 47 games televised this spring thanks to an expanded offering from the ACC Network. A total of 37 home games will be broadcast, including the series finale with Miami on March 26. With the expansion of the ACC Network Extra, a total of 25 of UNC's 30 league games will be available for streaming. (GoHeels.com)