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Mets’ Matt Harvey Working To Regain Dominant Form

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Each spring, MLB teams have one or more players working hard to make a comeback or regain their prior form. Sometimes players are battling age and other times they are trying to recover from injury.

New York Mets pitcher Matt Harvey is trying to come back from injury to regain his once dominant form. Harvey, now seven months removed from surgery to repair thoracic outlet syndrome, a disorder that caused numbness in his throwing arm that surfaced last spring, is putting in the work to make his way back and bounce back from going 4-10 with a 4.86 ERA in 17 starts.

“It was kind of an unknown feeling,” Harvey said when discussing  surgery to remove a rib from his torso. “Throwing a baseball has always been easy for me. Last year, it just wasn’t.”

“I tried as much as I could to battle through it,” Harvey said. “Eventually, it just wasn’t helping.”

Harvey is no stranger to surgery. Harvey had Tommy John surgery in October 2013 and his most recent surgery saw Harvey lose a rib in order to free up pinched nerves in his shoulder. Harvey has been working hard to rehab ever since.

“I knew something wasn’t right,” Harvey said. “Throwing a baseball is one of the easiest things I do. And to go through a process like that of really not having an idea why it’s so difficult to throw, it became pretty tough. Everybody wishes they could go back and change something. It was a tough process. I’m glad to be at Spring Training and healthy.”

“He was so good. He was so good,” Mets manager Terry Collins said. “This guy, when he took the mound, you just knew you were going to win a game. Now, we just have to wait and see how he’s going to feel.”

“Good” is an understatement. In 2013, Harvery posted a 2.27 ERA with 191 strikeouts and 31 walks in 178 1/3 innings. Both Harvey and the Mets are hoping that he can get back to that form, or something very close to it.

“I saw the fire that I’ve seen in the past,” Collins said. “He’s bound and determined to make last year go away. Fast.”

Harvey can look at pitchers Josh Beckett and Chris Young, who both came back from thoracic outlet syndrome and found success.

For now, it’s all about putting in the work in spring training and as far as the eye tests go, Harvey is making an impression with his manager.

Anthony DiMoro is the creator of Sports Rants and the CEO of Elite Rank Media and DiMoro Enterprises LLC. He is a former Contributor for Forbes and the Huffington Post where he covered sports, social media, and SEO. Anthony hosts the Anthony DiMoro Show podcast, and formerly hosted the 'Forbes SportsMoney Podcast'.

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Cubs Investigating Fan Who Allegedly Made White Supremacy Gesture

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The Chicago Cubs are investigating an incident that occurred during the broadcast of a game against the Miami Marlins which showed a fan who flashed a hand sign that is sometimes associated with white power, an upside-down OK signal, behind commentator Doug Glanville.

The Cubs are trying to locate the fan and possibly ban him from games, according to an official team announcement on Wednesday.

“An individual seated behind Mr. Glanville used what appears to be an offensive hand gesture that is associated with racism,” Cubs President of Business Operations Crane Kenney said in a statement.

“Such ignorant and repulsive behavior is not tolerated at Wrigley Field. We are reviewing the incident thoroughly because no one should be subjected to this type of offensive behavior.”

“Any derogatory conduct should be reported immediately to our ballpark staff. Any individual behaving in this manner will not only be removed from the ballpark, but will be permanently banned from Wrigley Field.”

 

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Phillies Chairman David Montgomery Dies at Age 72

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The Philadelphia Phillies have officially announced the death of chairman David Montgomery on Wednesday morning. Montgomery,who was diagnosed with cancer in his jaw bone in 2014, passed away at the age of 72.

Montgomery, a native of Philadelphia, joined the Phillies staff back in 1971 and late became a minority owner in 1981.

Montgomery served as Phillies’ chairman since 2015 when he returned from a leave of absence to undergo cancer treatment.

Montgomery also served as team president, among many other roles, during his nearly five-decade tenure with the Phillies organization, leaving an iconic and memorable impression on the entire organization.

During that time, the Phillies won five National League pennants and two World Series titles, the most recent coming back in 2008.

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Orioles’ Flagship Radio Station Apologizes for Publicizing Rumor that Team Might Move to Las Vegas

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The Baltimore Orioles have issued an apology for the on-air comments made during a broadcast of their flagship radio station 105.7 The Fan.

During a show this past Saturday on the station, Baltimore sports host Bruce Cunningham brought guest Benjamin Neil, a local lawyer, which turned into a discussion regarding Neil’s comments that an anonymous buyer had put a $3 billion bid on the table for the Orioles and that this mystery person planned on moving the team to Las Vegas, which you can listen to right here.

Naturally, this sent the fanbase into a panic and 105.7 The Fan Director of Sports Programming Chuck Sapienza issued the following apology, while dismissing the report as a baseless rumor, on Twitter.

The rumor was believable considering just how terrible the Orioles have been in recent years, and how their only marketable star during the past decade, Manny Machado, was eventually traded in yet another rebuild.

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