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Harvey okay for opener

The Mets’ Matt Harvey says he developed a blood clot in his bladder over the weekend but “everything is fine now.”

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The Mets’ Matt Harvey says he developed a blood clot in his bladder over the weekend but “everything is fine now.”

PORT ST. LUCIE — Mets right-hander Matt Harvey remains on track to start Sunday night's opener at Kansas City after passing a blood clot in his bladder.

"I guess it started with a bladder infection that created a blood clot in the bladder," Harvey said Tuesday. "Passed it (Monday). It wasn't a great first day of my 27th birthday, but I cleared that and we had a little procedure done this morning just to go in and check the bladder, and everything was clear. I'm cleared to go, cleared to do some minor activities (Tuesday), and then we'll be back to normal" today.

He started to feel discomfort Sunday and said it worsened through the night. Harvey reported the issue to Mets staff Monday and was the lone player not to travel to Jupiter for an exhibition game against the Cardinals.

"I didn't really know what was going on," Harvey said. "I was having trouble using the restroom and, obviously, any time there's discoloration in your urine, it's not a great feeling. So I didn't know what was going on with my stomach, but we had some tests (Monday) and everything is fine now."

Harvey, who had a bandage on his right hand and a hospital bracelet on his left wrist, said he will not have any more tests or procedures.

FIXING FIELDS: Major League Baseball is launching a community program to refurbish ballfields across the country over the next three years. MLB announced it will work with the Scotts Co. to identify and renovate diamonds in need of upgrades or repair. Grass will be planted and grown, fences will be built and other enhancements will be added such as scoreboards and dugouts.

TV DISPUTE: The long-running television dispute between the Orioles and Nationals is heading to mediation. New York Supreme Court Justice Lawrence Marks said in an order that the sides agreed to hold a mediation on April 12-13. In November, Marks threw out a decision by Major League Baseball's Revenue Sharing Definitions Committee that said the Mid-Atlantic Sports Network, which is controlled by the Orioles, owed the Nationals about $298 million for the team's 2012-16 television rights. The Orioles and MASN claim the rights fee should be far less.

PITCHER RETIRES: Right-hander Philip Humber told the Padres he'll retire rather than accept a minor-league assignment. Humber, 33, who pitched a perfect game for the White Sox against the Mariners in 2012, finished 16-23 with a 5.31 ERA in eight seasons.

BRAVES: The team purchased the contract of outfielder Jeff Francoeur and told him he would be on the opening-day roster. Francoeur, 32, played for Atlanta from 2005-09.

CUBS: Veteran outfielder Shane Victorino was released, and utilityman Javier Baez went on the 15-day disabled list with a left thumb contusion.

ORIOLES: South Korean outfielder Hyun Soo Kim won't start the season with the big-league club. Kim, who signed a two-year, $7 million contract in December, must agree to any minor-league assignment.

ROCKIES: Outfielder Ryan Raburn, a former Durant standout, was added to the major-league roster. Raburn, 34, is a 10-year veteran.

TWINS: The team finalized its 25-man roster by making right-hander Ricky Nolasco its fifth starter.

WHITE SOX: Right-hander Kameron Loe received an 80-game suspension for a positive test under baseball's minor-league drug program.

Harvey okay for opener 03/29/16 [Last modified: Tuesday, March 29, 2016 8:43pm]
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