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MLB Roundup: Mets to wait before making decision on Harvey

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The New York Mets plan to wait a few more weeks before deciding whether injured pitcher Matt Harvey will need Tommy John surgery on the torn ulnar collateral ligament in his right elbow.

Harvey and the Mets are hoping to avoid surgery. Harvey said Tuesday that he expects to be ready to pitch again by April 1.

Losing the 24-year-old Harvey is a blow for the Mets. The National League's All-Star Game starter was 9-5 with a 2.27 ERA and 191 strikeouts in 26 starts for New York this year. His last outing was Saturday against the Detroit Tigers.

---The Kansas City Royals reached agreement with veteran first baseman Carlos Pena on a minor-league contract.

Pena hit .209 with eight home runs and 25 RBIs in 85 games for Houston this season before the Astros released him on July 31. The 35-year-old was assigned to Triple-A Omaha and is likely will be called up by the Royals in September to add a left-handed bat off the bench.

---Toronto Blue Jays right-hander Josh Johnson will not pitch again this season.

Johnson met recently with Dr. James Andrews, who examined his strained forearm and recommended that the Blue Jays shut him down for the rest of the year. However, Andrews also indicated that Johnson does not need surgery.

The 30-year-old Johnson has not pitched in three weeks and made just 16 starts this year after he came to Toronto as part of a big offseason deal with the Miami Marlins. He finishes 2013 with a disappointing 2-8 record and a 6.20 ERA.

Johnson will be a free agent after the season. The Blue Jays could make a qualifying offer that would cost the team approximately $14 million, but general manager Alex Anthopoulos was noncommittal.

---The Atlanta Braves activated second baseman Dan Uggla from the 15-day disabled list after he underwent LASIK eye surgery on Aug. 13.

Uggla was scheduled to start Wednesday night's game against the Cleveland Indians.

The 33-year-old veteran was struggling at the plate this season before the procedure, hitting .186 (.133 after the All-Star break) with 21 home runs and 53 RBIs and a National League-leading 146 strikeouts. He had attributed his problems to his vision.

In two rehab starts for Triple-A Gwinnett, Uggla was 2-for-7 with a home run and four strikeouts.

To clear space for Uggla on the active roster, the Braves optioned outfielder Todd Cunningham to Triple-A Gwinnett.
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