MLB notebook: Mets ace Harvey out for season with torn elbow ligament

| Monday, Aug. 26, 2013, 11:00 p.m.

Matt Harvey has a partially torn ligament in his right elbow, a potentially devastating injury for the pitcher that had given the foundering New York Mets reason to be hopeful about its future.

For now, the 24-year-old Harvey and the Mets hope that he will be able to avoid reconstructive surgery on the ulnar collateral ligament. A full prognosis will not be made until swelling in the elbow goes down in about two weeks.

“It was tough. Obviously, it was the last thing I was expecting when I went this morning,” Harvey said. “I am going to do everything I can to avoid surgery.”

The National League's All-Star Game starter on his home field this July, Harvey has been experiencing forearm tenderness for some time. The discomfort increased during his start Saturday against the Tigers, when he allowed a career-high 13 hits.

The seventh pick overall of the 2010 draft, Harvey is 9-5 with a 2.27 ERA. He has a league-leading 191 strikeouts in 178 13 innings pitched.

Report: Cuban Abreu defects

An official Cuban newspaper said star first baseman Jose Dariel Abreu has defected to try to play in Major League Baseball.

The weekly Trabajadores newspaper reported that Abreu departed Cuba “illegally and silently” for a Caribbean nation, most likely Haiti or the Dominican Republic. No further details were provided.

The 26-year-old Abreu played in all six games for Cuba in the World Baseball Classic in March, hitting .383 with three home runs and nine RBI.

Jeter back in Yanks' lineup

Derek Jeter was dealing with plenty of emotions as he prepared for his latest return to the Yankees' lineup.

“Excited, looking forward to it, anxious, happy,” Jeter said.

Jeter was activated off the disabled list before New York's game Monday at Toronto, starting at shortstop and batting second against the Blue Jays.

Jeter broke his left ankle in the AL Championship Series last October and missed the first 91 games this year. Since then, the 13-time All-Star has twice been forced back on the DL.

Uggla begins rehab stint

Braves second baseman Dan Uggla was scheduled to make a rehab start Monday for Triple-A Gwinnett as he comes back from eye surgery.

When he went on the disabled list Aug. 13, Uggla was hitting only .186 with 146 strikeouts.

Extra bases

The Mariners have activated outfielder Franklin Gutierrez from the disabled list and recalled him from his rehabilitation assignment with Triple-A Tacoma. ... Seattle also designated right-hander Aaron Harang for assignment. Harang (5-11, 5.76 ERA) started 22 games for the Mariners. ... The Athletics placed right fielder Josh Reddick on the 15-day disabled list with a sprained right wrist. ... The Phillies placed outfielder Casper Wells on the disabled list because of vision problems two days after he took the loss as an emergency pitcher in an 18-inning game.

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