It might not be long before Mets' prospect Matt Harvey finds his way to the big leagues.
Dillon Gee is headed to the 15-day disabled list after undergoing surgery to remove a blood clot in the artery of his right shoulder.
In the short-term, Miguel Batista is moving from the bullpen to the starting rotation. The Mets are expected to promote Harvey if Gee requires an extended absence. The severity of the Gee's injury isn't yet known, but the fact that there's surgery involved indicates it's more than just a minor issue. Josh Edgin or Robert Carson are expected to be promoted as bullpen depth.
The Mets could arrange their starting rotation so they wouldn't need a fifth starter until July 21, when they should have a better indication on how much time Gee will miss. Harvey, 23, has a 3.39 ERA in 18 starts with Triple-A Buffalo. The Mets have yet to deem him ready for the majors, but he should be a factor during the second half of the season.
Marlins revoking Heath Bell's status as closer
The Marlins will use a closer-by-committee approach in the second half of the season.
"I have to make a decision, and if I have to make [one] that will be drastic, I will do it," manager Ozzie Guillen said. "I'm going to pick whoever is better out there. That's the bottom line. We'll find someone else."
Steve Cishek figures to be first in line for saves, but Randy Choate and Edward Mujica could also get looks in certain situations. Cishek is averaging 91.9 mph on his sinker this season, and doesn't have a fastball presence. Juan Carlos Oviedo will rejoin the Marlins' bullpen later this month after serving an eight-week suspension.
American League Quick Hits: The Mariners have discussed sending Dustin Ackley and Justin Smoak to the minors ... Jacoby Ellsbury is expected to be activated from the disabled list ... Neftali Feliz will begin his rehab assignment Sunday at Triple-A Round Rock ... The Blue Jays have exceeded their international bonus pool by signing three of the top 20 prospects ... Orioles reliever J.C. Romero has elected free agency ... Joba Chamberlain (elbow, ankle) topped out at 97 mph in his first rehab apperance with the Gulf Coast League Yankees ... The Angels are reportedly among the teams interested in acquiring Zack Greinke if he's made available.
National League Quick Hits: The Dodgers acquired Osvaldo Martinez for cash considerations ... Roy Halladay (lat) will make a minor league rehab start Thursday with High-A Clearwater ... The Brewers purched the contract of Jeff Bianchi ... Ben Sheets will make his Braves' debut Sunday against the Mets ... The Phillies are "reaching a critical stage" in negotations with Cole Hamels ... Reds prospect Billy Hamilton has improved his on-base percentage drastically this season.