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Mets place Matt Harvey on the DL with shoulder discomfort

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Mets Place Matt Harvey on DL

New York Mets starter Matt Harvey has been placed on the 15-day disabled list with what the New York Mets are terming "shoulder discomfort." Harvey is coming off one of his career-worst outings, giving up 11 hits. The Mets also announced that Harvey would be heading to St. Louis to consult with Dr. Robert Thompson.

It's that last part that has to be the most worrisome. While Dr. Thompson has seen pitchers for other issues, his speciality is thoracic outlet syndrome, or TOS. TOS is a problem of the shoulder where the blood vessels get impinged, causing problems of blood flow and usually some nerve involvement. This is a condition seen in pitchers because of the repetitive overhead motion. In non-pitchers, it's often seen in swimmers and carpenters. (If you want to cross the streams, Chris Carpenter had the condition.)

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Harvey is almost three years post-Tommy John surgery. He had the surgery in October of 2013. Having shoulder issues after elbow surgery is not uncommon, but it's a bad sign. There's always a weak link to the kinetic chain, so if the force of the pitching motion isn't being efficiently dealt with, the now-healthy and strong elbow is usually strong enough to hold up, making something else, often the shoulder, that weak link. It does normally happen much quicker than what we're seeing in this case.

Harvey was famously held back last season, his innings and outings limited in accordance with a pre-season plan formulated by Harvey's agent, Scott Boras, his surgeon, Dr. James Andrews, and the Mets. He went beyond it in pitching all the way into the World Series, but there's no indication that this was a problem for Harvey. He had a full off-season and while he's had a poor (for him) campaign, he's shown velocity, command, and stuff, though not consistently.

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The Mets are already dealing with two pitchers reportedly pitching through bone spurs or chips in their pitching elbow. Noah Syndergaard and Steven Matz are both pitching relatively well through the situation, but both could have problems at any point. Harvey missing time will further tax both the Mets' rotation and their bullpen. For now, the Mets will bring up Seth Lugo to take Harvey's roster spot, but he had a 6.55 ERA at Triple-A Las Vegas. Rafael Montero is the next regarded prospect, but he's also had a poor first half.

The Mets (and Mets fans) will now wait for the results of Harvey's visit to Dr. Thompson, which should come quickly. Surgery for TOS would cost Harvey the season and put the start of 2017 into question, so the Mets have to be hoping that this is something that is more easily correctible. Given Harvey's problems with blood clots, though in a far different location, this has to be ruled out first.


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Ranking MLB stadiums

30. Tropicana Field, Tampa Bay Rays

The playing surface is a mixture of grass and artificial turf, and there are fire inspection rings in play over head. Must be a joy to play in.

(AP Photo)

29. Rogers Centre, Toronto Blue Jays

The only things worse than this warehouse-looking place are the metric measurements on the outfield walls.


28. Coliseum, Oakland A's

Any place sewage seeps back through the clubhouse drains probably isn’t a suitable location for pro sports.

(AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)

27. Globe Life Park in Arlington, Texas Rangers

Remember when this place was state of the art? Neither do we.

(AP Photo/Jim Cowsert)

26. U.S. Cellular Field, Chicago White Sox

What’s more bland than the Chicago White Sox? Their uniforms. What’s worse than that? The stadium.

(AP Photo/Jeff Haynes)

25. Turner Field, Atlanta Braves

This place won’t live to see its 20th birthday. Good luck to the Braves’ next home, which will probably still always be empty, too.

(AP Photo/John Bazemore)

24. Marlins Park, Miami Marlins

Makes perfect sense for an orange and teal team to play in a stadium with neon green everything. Also, has anyone ever figured out what exactly this is? 

(AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)

23. Angel Stadium, Los Angeles Angels

Nothin’ like some fake rocks in center field to really set the mood for a baseball game.


22. Progressive Field, Cleveland Indians

The fact that it’s no longer Jacobs Field bumps this down at least five spots.


21. Busch Stadium, St. Louis Cardinals

Can this place just stay out of the playoffs just once?


20. Great American Ballpark, Cincinnati Reds

How cheap is that wind tunnel?

 (AP Photo/Al Behrman)

19. Chase Field, Arizona Diamondbacks

Center field is the deepest part of the stadium, guys. The wall doesn’t need to be that high.

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18. Yankee Stadium, New York Yankees

Great place to see the best baseball players of the 20th century.

(AP Photo/Julie Jacobson)

17. Miller Park, Milwaukee Brewers

Bernie sliding down that slide for every home run is ridiculous and awesome at the same time. Every time.

(AP Photo/Morry Gash)

16. Citizens Bank Park, Philadelphia Phillies

Once you get over the fact that some little league parks have deeper fences? Cool place to catch a game.

 (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

15. Dodger Stadium, Los Angeles Dodgers

They should probably just name it Vin Scully Stadium at this point. Might help them out in these rankings.

 (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

14. Kauffman Stadium, Kansas City Royals

The scoreboard being shaped like a long crown is a bit odd, but you can’t blame them for playing up the whole royalty thing.

(AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)

13. Coors Field, Colorado Rockies

If it’s not a blizzard in Denver, Coors Field is still pretty impressive. But let’s lose those humidors and get these balls flying like its 2001. 

(AP Photo/Jack Dempsey)

12. Comerica Park, Detroit Tigers

Credit to the grounds crew for making sure the infield didn’t collapse through the ground while Prince Fielder and Miguel Cabrera manned the corners. That approached a good 600 pounds of man.

 (AP Photo/Matt Halip)

11. Minute Maid Park, Houston Astros

Get back to us next year, once that ridiculous hill and flag pole are scrapped.

(AP Photo/Bob Levey)

10. Target Field, Minnesota Twins

You probably won’t want to sit outside in Minnesota until about mid-June, but after that, Target Field is tough to beat.

 (AP Photo/Jim Mone, File)

9. Citi Field, New York Mets

Ownership may be fresh out of cash, but at least its stadium has an awesome selection of $12 beers. 

(AP Photo/Kathy Kmonicek)

8. Nationals Park, Washington Nationals

It’s been seven years, and the team just can’t sell these naming rights. Strangely, this makes the park even cooler.

(AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

7. Safeco Field, Seattle Mariners

For a stadium that opened up in 1999, the Mariners’ digs have held up pretty well -- even when their roster hasn’t.

 (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

6.. Petco Park, San Diego Padres

Fun fact: An old candy factory building was physically moved to make room for the stadium. 

(AP Photo/Lenny Ignelzi)

5. Fenway Park, Boston Red Sox

Relax, Fenway is definitely an amazing place to watch a game. But sitting directly behind a pole and/or facing the left-center field wall just isn’t always appealing.


4. Wrigley Field, Chicago Cubs

We’re glad the Cubs decided to keep their old home intact, but there’s no two ways about it: Until renovation is complete, Wrigley is a dump.

(AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)

3. PNC Park, Pittsburgh Pirates

After two decades under .500, the Pirates are finally playing some winning ball again. Good thing, because their park deserves as many games as possible.

 (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)

2. Oriole Park at Camden Yards, Baltimore Orioles

Still as beautiful as the day it opened in 1992, Camden Yards is headed toward becoming the next legendary American ballpark. 

(AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

1. AT&T Park, San Francisco Giants

Already 15 years and three names later, AT&T Park remains the best place to watch a Major League Baseball game. Between the amazing food, packed-out stands and the glistening bay in right field, San Francisco is lucky to call it home. 

(AP Photo)


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