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The Wheelhouse: 30 Teams, 30 Thoughts - August Edition

Derek VanRiper

Derek VanRiper

Derek is the Senior Baseball Editor for, where he's been a two-time finalist for the FSWA's Baseball Writer of the Year award, and winner of the Best Football Article on the Web (2009) and Best Baseball Article on the Web (2010) awards. Derek also co-hosts RotoWire Fantasy Sports Today on SiriusXM Fantasy Sports Radio (XM 87, Sirius 210) from 11a-2p ET on Tuesdays and Wednesdays.

This time around, I had to split the column by league due to unusual schedule events - weddings on back-to-back weekends paired with some extra time contributed toward getting folks ready for their football drafts in the remaining days leading into Week 1.

With that, let's begin with the National League.

The Mets did everything within reason to limit the strain on Matt Harvey's elbow. Sometimes, the UCL just tears. Of course, there are few examples of players avoiding Tommy John surgery by going the rehab-only route and Adam Wainwright is the most prominent. After being diagnosed with a partially torn UCL in June of 2004, Wainwright went on to pitch in the Arizona Fall League in October that same year. As for Harvey, the Mets would probably get one month out of him in 2014 if he had surgery today anyway, so a wait-and-see approach is not as ridiculous as you might think, especially since the team is unlikely to contend next season even if Harvey were completely

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