Fantasy Baseball Injury Report: Headfirst Slide Hobbles Pollock
Fantasy Baseball Injury Report: Headfirst Slide Hobbles Pollock

This article is part of our Fantasy Baseball Injury Report series.

Matt Harvey

The Mets ace made headlines this past week after he missed time with what was initially called, "an unspecified medical issue." It was later revealed that Harvey was suffering from blood clots in his bladder, a surprisingly common ailment.

It's likely Harvey's condition was first realized when he presented with hermaturia or blood in his urine. The presence of blood alerted Harvey and eventually the Mets medical team about an underlying condition causing the problem. Multiple issues, including a bladder infection, urinary tract infection or direct trauma, can lead to the presence of blood in the urine. Harvey indicated that the problem was the result of him holding in his urine too long and often. Extended periods of urine retention don't directly cause blood to develop in the bladder but can contribute to one of the aforementioned infections, as the bacteria and other germs lay stagnant within the urinary tract.

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Jeff Stotts
Jeff Stotts works as a Certified Athletic Trainer (MAT, ATC, PES, CES). He won the 2011 Best Fantasy Football Article in Print from the Fantasy Sports Trade Association.
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