All y’all Roto Riteup weekend folk are stuck with me today while Wiers spit-shines his figurines.
Matt Harvey throws a ball
While I, too, threw a ball yesterday, Harvey doing so is much bigger news — I don’t know why you guys don’t care about me, but whatever. Harvey threw his threaded white ball from the mound yesterday for the first time since he underwent Tommy John in October, preparing the way for more intense work before heading over to the Instructional League in Florida. Harvey may want to pitch in the majors this season, but there’s no way the Mets are going to indulge that wish, opting instead to make sure he’s 112% ready to go for Spring Training.
While some guys don’t always fare well after Tommy John, velocity isn’t the issue, and Harvey has plenty of it to work with even if his command isn’t sharp. Harvey probably won’t be one of the first twelve pitchers off the board next year, but there’s a chance he could put up numbers worthy of one of those spots.
Brett Lawrie rehabbing
Lawrie began rehabbing from his finger injury last night, and he’ll be stuck on assignment for about a week before rejoining the big league club. Lawrie has been out for other a month with a fractured finger on his throwing hand, and even though he flashed some power before getting injured, his low batting average has been unwelcome.
Fun with arbitrary endpoints
All stats are through Thursday unless otherwise noted.
Austin Jackson, at home in DET: 1455 PA, .293/.362/.420; 16 HR, .371 BABIP
Austin Jackson, on the road with DET: .263/.323/.407; 30 HR, .343 BABIP
Austin Jackson, in Safeco Field: 79 PA, .247/.273/.356; 0 HR, .360 BABIP
Nick Franklin, through first 50 MLB starts: 226 PA, .267/.327/.476; 10 HR, 56 K, .319
The Fine Five
SP: Rick Porcello | $7,000 | vCOL
SP: Justin Masterson | $6,000 | vMIL
1B: Chris Parmelee | $2,800 | @CHW (Scott Carroll)
OF: Michael Brantley | $4,800 | vTEX (Miles Mikolas)
OF: Rajai Davis | $4,300 | vCOL (Tyler Matzek)
If you don’t think twice, it will be just another day for you and me in paradise.
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