MLB Quick Hits: What’s up with Matt Harvey and Johnny Cueto?

Matt Harvey was rocked and Johnny Cueto missed his start, and we have updates on the two NL aces. 

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Two of the National League’s best aces gave their owners a scare this weekend. Something didn’t feel right about seeing Matt Harvey get knocked around by the Pittsburgh Pirates on Saturday (4 IP, 7 ER), and lo and behold, there are now concerns being expressed about Harvey suffering from a "dead arm."

Obviously, any health related obstacle for Harvey is troubling, considering he’s coming off Tommy John surgery. For what it’s worth, though, the Mets are saying Harvey doesn’t require a medical exam. Basically, this could have just been a bad outing, and it sounds like the Mets are expecting Harvey to get back on track in his next start. Breathe easy, Harvey owners.

Meanwhile, Reds ace Johnny Cueto was forced to miss his last start due to a stiff right elbow. Cueto led the NL in innings pitched and starts last season, and he’s typically been very durable. From the sound of it, Cueto is day-to-day with general soreness, and Reds manager Bryan Price said Cueto could have pitched if the Reds "had to have him" on Sunday. He should be ready to go for his next scheduled start.

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In other news…

Jose Reyes is expected to rejoin the Blue Jays today, so get him going. Reyes hasn’t played since April 27th due to a cracked rib.

Red Sox slugger Mike Napoli really, really likes to stick it to his former team. Napoli homered again Sunday, and he’s now hitting .333 with 18 homers in 47 games against the Angels.

Reds catcher Devin Mesoraco was finally, mercifully placed on the DL after trying to play through a left hip injury. It’s a little disappointing how this injury was managed, as Mesoraco hasn’t caught a game since April 12th. We should know more soon about whether Mesoraco needs surgery or not. 

This was a nice little weekend for the Pirates starters. No one went to Home Depot, but Gerrit Cole, A.J. Burnett and Francisco Liriano all recorded double-digit strikeouts right in a row.

David Wright is going to see a back specialist. Until we know more about how serious the injury is, hang on to Wright. It’s probably wise to scour the waiver wire and line up a contingency plan in the meantime, though.

Braves rookie SP Mike Foltynewicz only allowed three hits over 7 2/3 innings against the Brewers. Streaming against Milwaukee remains a smart play.

In a somewhat surprising move, Ben Zobrist has been activated from the DL. Zobrist is expected to play left field in his return, and should be monitored closely.

Josh Hamilton is making his debut for the Texas Rangers after a very productive stint in the minors, and you have to like that the Rangers are batting him fifth behind Adrian Beltre. If he’s available in your league, take a chance that he returns to his old form.  

James Shields improved to 6-0, and Michael Wacha moved to 7-0. I’ve got Wacha as the slight favorite to stay undefeated longer, but Shields is the better fantasy option due to his strikeout rate. 

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