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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)

Lack of draft-day call fuels Chris Munnelly’s pitching

After being bypassed in Major League Baseball’s draft in June, Chris Munnelly is relishing his role in the Houston Astros organization as a shutdown relief pitcher. “So far, so good,” he said by telephone from Greeneville, Tenn. “I enjoy relieving. I think I’ve found my little niche here.” Munnelly, a graduate of North Carolina, will finish his first regular-season of professional baseball this week. (Winston-Salem Journal)

Cubs discussing acquiring Daniel Bard

The Chicago Cubs have had preliminary internal discussions about the possibility of acquiring reliever Daniel Bard from the Red Sox. It is unclear at this time if the team will express serious interest in the coming days, but the club is at least discussing the possibility of bringing Bard to Chicago. Bard, 28, was designated for assignment by the Red Sox on Sunday. (MLB Daily Dish)

Andrew Miller feels for good friend Daniel Bard, can relate to situation

Bard’s return from an abdominal injury has been nothing short of a disaster. He has experienced the same control issues that have completely derailed his career over the last two seasons, walking 27 batters in 15 1/3 innings split between the Gulf Coast League and Low-A Lowell. The one guy who can sympathize with Bard perhaps more than any other is Andrew Miller, a college teammate and good friend who once experienced similar struggles. (WEEI.com)

Matt Harvey May Be in Denial About Injury

From the moment Mets general manager Sandy Alderson revealed the nature of Matt Harvey's elbow injury earlier this week, the outcome seemed preordained. Harvey, the 24-year-old pitching prodigy, the great hope of this downtrodden franchise, would have Tommy John surgery and miss all of 2014. In the past few days, Harvey has made it clear he intends to avoid surgery. (Wall Street Journal)

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