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Harvey still hopes to avoid surgery

NEW YORK — Mets RHP Matt Harvey's ailing elbow is feeling better, and he said Tuesday that he is still optimistic he can avoid reconstructive surgery that would likely sideline him for all of next season.

Harvey will visit noted orthopedist James Andrews on Monday.

"Everything feels fine, my arm feels great," he said. "I am still very optimistic about everything, but I am not a doctor so we will see what happens."

In his first public comments since Aug. 26, when the Mets said he had a partial ligament tear, Harvey, 24, said he hasn't had a second MRI exam to determine the best course of action.

LOOK INWARD: Orioles manager Buck Showalter called Yankees counterpart Joe Girardi a hypocrite for accusing Baltimore of stealing signs Monday night. "The Yankees are actually one of the better teams at it," Showalter said on ESPN radio. Showalter had a heated exchange with Girardi on Monday after Girardi accused third-base coach Bobby Dickerson of sign stealing.

YANKS GET SHORTSTOP: With Derek Jeter out indefinitely with a sore left ankle, the Yankees acquired SS Brendan Ryan from the Mariners for a player to be named. Ryan, 31, is considered one of the best defensive shortstops in baseball.

SHUT IT DOWN: Rookie RHP Jose Fernandez is approaching the 170-inning limit set by the Marlins, and the Alonso High product will make his final start tonight. Also, RF Giancarlo Stanton returned to the Miami lineup after missing two games with a sore right foot and ankle.

HEYWARD HEALING: Braves RF Jason Heyward, out since Aug. 21 when a pitch broke his jaw, had the restrictive band and braces removed from his mouth and is expected to take batting practice Friday. But Atlanta OF Justin Upton left in the fourth inning with a bruised right knee and is day to day.

1 FROM MARK: Former major-leaguer Wladimir Balentien of the Yakult Swallows hit his 54th homer to move within one of tying Japanese baseball's record.

REDS: LHP Tony Cingrani left his start in the second inning with back spasms.

TIGERS: Suspended SS Jhonny Peralta will work out with the team before tonight's game and might return in time for the playoffs. Peralta is banned 50 games for his connection to Biogenesis of America, a Miami-area anti-aging clinic accused of distributing banned performance-enhancing drugs.

Harvey still hopes to avoid surgery 09/10/13 [Last modified: Wednesday, September 11, 2013 12:14am]

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