Matt Harvey returns to the mound on Sunday

Matt Harvey is ready to make his return to the mound in the Grapefruit League as the Mets host the Cardinals in Port St Lucie, FL. The game is scheduled for 1:05 PM and can be watched on MLB.TV.

Harvey’s 2016 season was cut short when he was diagnosed with thoracic outlet syndrome, undergoing surgery to remove a rib to correct the issue. “Last season was kind of a struggle,” Harvey said when interviewed on Saturday. “Obviously, I want to help this team and contribute as much as I can, and that starts Sunday. I couldn’t feel better.” His goal is to return to the form that saw him pitching in the World Series in 2015 and his All-Star season in 2013.

Collins on Harvey’s return

Manager Terry Collins wants Harvey to take it slow and doesn’t want him to over do it in his return. “He’s had some very, very good bullpen sessions,” Collins said. “I don’t want him to overthrow. I just want him to get out there and get himself in some rhythm where he throws strikes. “I know that he feels good about where he’s at right now, and I just want him to carry it into tomorrow.”

Everybody is anxious to see what Harvey can do on Sunday. Mets fans hope their ace can take them to another World Series appearance. It all starts Sunday at First Data Field, although Harvey admitted he needs until close to Opening Day to know how much progress he has made.

–Al Milian

 

World Baseball Classic starts in 5 days

The 2017 World Baseball Classic kicks off in 5 days and baseball fans can’t wait for it to get started. After a long off-season, the cravings are there to see their favorite players in action.

The first round of the competition is going to be played in four cities around the world: Seoul (South Korea), Tokyo (Japan), Miami (USA) and Jalisco (Mexico). Round two moves to Tokyo (Japan) and San Diego (USA) and the final is set in Los Angeles (USA).

All teams in the tournament have at least one player from the Majors, except the Cuban team. Th Cuban government does not allow players that defected from the country to represent them in the competition. Players with the caliber of Jose Abreu, Yoenis Cespedes, Yasiel Puig and Aroldis Chapman won’t be in the tournament.

Cuba used to dominate international baseball competition, winning three of five gold Olympic medals but have yet to win at the World Baseball Classic. Excluding players from the MLB will hurt the team and diminishes their chance at winning the tournament for the first time.

The stage is set, the teams are ready and fans all over the world can’t wait for the WBC to start. Let’s enjoy the tournament and let the best team win.

–Al Milian