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NEW YORK -- All of a sudden, the New York Mets face this sobering uncertainty: Matt Harvey might never be a healthy ace again.The struggling star has symptoms consistent with thoracic outlet syndrome and could require season-ending surgery to treat a serious condition that has jeopardized the careers of other major league pitchers.General manager Sandy Alderson announced the unusual diagnosis Thursday after Harvey was examined in St. Louis by a specialist, Dr. Robert Thompson. Alderson said a decision on surgery is expected in the next few days before the All-Star break.I think you can bounce back from it, but everybodys different, as we know, anytime you have surgery. So theres a level of concern, Mets manager Terry Collins said. But certainly, you cant be very excited about it. You just dont know.Thoracic outlet syndrome is a condition caused by the compression of nerves, blood vessels or both in the area between the neck and armpit. After his start Monday, the 27-year-old Harvey complained of some common symptoms, which include numbness in fingers and shoulder discomfort.The former ace was seen by Mets doctors, referred to Thompson for further examination and placed on the 15-day disabled list Wednesday, retroactive to Tuesday.His arm just felt like it was dead, Collins said.Another temporary treatment option is a nerve-block injection that might help Harvey return to the mound fairly quickly, but surgery is probably inevitable and the operation usually requires a four-month recovery period, Alderson said.Thompson would likely perform the procedure, the GM added. Surgery sometimes involves the removal of a rib.Other big league pitchers have been treated for TOS with inconsistent results and varying degrees of success, including Josh Beckett, Chris Carpenter, Jaime Garcia, Matt Harrison, Shaun Marcum and Chris Young.Thompson removed one of Youngs ribs in a 2013 operation that helped the right-hander make a successful comeback as a major league starter.Again, anytime that you introduce a significant surgery of this type, I think you have to be cautious about what will happen, Alderson said. But at the same time, I fully expect that Matt will be back and ready to go in 2017.Harvey, who missed the 2014 season following Tommy John surgery on his elbow, is 4-10 in 17 starts with a 4.86 ERA -- 80th among 99 qualifying pitchers in the majors.He had been scheduled to start Saturday night at Citi Field against Max Scherzer and the NL East-leading Washington Nationals. Right-hander Logan Verrett will pitch in Harveys place and could get a chance to hold down that spot in the rotation.Verrett is 3-5 with a 4.01 ERA in 23 appearances this season, including five starts.Well evaluate it, but right now hed be the guy we would lean toward, Collins said. Logans got some big shoes to fill.Complicating matters for a suddenly fragile Mets rotation, right-hander Zack Wheeler has had several setbacks in his recovery from Tommy John surgery this year. The team initially targeted the All-Star break for his return, but Wheeler hasnt even thrown off a mound yet and theres no longer a timetable for his expected progress.We have no idea when hes coming, Collins said. Its another huge setback.Alderson said he is confident, not certain that Wheeler will be back this season.The defending NL champions trail Washington by three games following a 9-7 victory in the opener of their four-game series Thursday night.Harvey has given up 111 hits in 92 2/3 innings, with 76 strikeouts and 24 walks. He hasnt won since May 30, but he and the team had insisted all season he was healthy.The Mets reiterated Thursday that the right-hander didnt mention any symptoms until after Mondays outing, when he was tagged by Miami for six runs -- five earned -- and 11 hits over 3 2/3 innings before New York rallied from a 6-0 deficit to win.For the Mets, the news means two of the teams top stars have developed career-threatening health conditions in less than 14 months.Third baseman David Wright was diagnosed with spinal stenosis last year and missed more than four months. The 33-year-old captain has been sidelined again since late May and is expected to miss the rest of the season following neck surgery to repair a herniated disk.I dont want it to sound like woe is me -- but woe is us, Collins said.Selected seventh overall by the Mets in the 2010 amateur draft out of North Carolina, Harvey blossomed into one of baseballs best pitchers three years later and started the 2013 All-Star Game on his home mound at Citi Field.He returned from Tommy John surgery last year and went 13-8 with a 2.71 ERA in 29 starts covering a career-high 189 1/3 innings.Late in the season, agent Scott Boras said doctors recommended that Harvey be limited to approximately 180 innings in his first year back. At first, the pitcher was noncommittal about going beyond that total -- generating a firestorm in New York with the Mets in the middle of a playoff race.Soon after, he announced he planned to pitch in October.Harvey threw an additional 26 2/3 innings in the postseason, going 2-0 in four outings while helping the Mets to their first pennant in 15 years.He was working on a shutout in Game 5 of the World Series against Kansas City when he pushed to pitch the ninth inning and talked Collins into it. Given a chance to go back out to the mound, Harvey faltered and the Royals rallied to win the championship. Yeezy Boost 350 Ελλαδα . James, who turned 29 on Monday, injured his groin Friday during the Heats overtime loss at Sacramento. He sat out the following game, a 108-107 win Saturday in Portland, before coming back to help send the Nuggets to their seventh consecutive loss. Fake Yeezys Ελλαδα . 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Collaros also started Torontos 23-20 regular-season finale loss to Montreal — Ray didnt dress because the Argos had already clinched first in the East Division — but was one of three quarterbacks to play that day. Adidas Stan Smith Greece . As he recorded his 23rd and 24th points of the evening, a segment of the sellout Air Canada Centre crowd expressed their appreciation for the Raptors point guard with a smattering of MVP chants. ALLEN PARK, Mich. -- Calvin Johnsons retirement leaves a huge void for the Detroit Lions.Detroit will face defenses for the first time in a decade without one of its players drawing double coverage on almost every snap.Johnson walked away from the Lions and the league in March, announcing his retirement at the age of 30. The move rekindled memories of Hall of Fame running back Barry Sanders cutting his career short with the same franchise.As great as Johnson was though, the Lions were not very successful even with the spectacular wide receiver in the lineup. They were 7-9 last season, finishing below .500 for the seventh time in his nine-year career.If Detroit cant protect quarterback Matthew Stafford better and fails to run the ball effectively, whether Johnson suited up for another season will likely be a moot point.Stafford has been sacked 89 times the past two years, ranking among NFL leaders. The Lions averaged a league-low 83.4 yards rushing per game last season.That is on us, guard Larry Warford said. We learned a lot from that and weve got to share that knowledge with the new guys.Detroits rookie general manager Bob Quinn, who worked his way up in the New England Patriots front office, tried to address a glaring need by drafting offensive tackle Taylor Decker in the first round, center Graham Glasgow in the third and guard Joe Dahl in the fifth round.All three of them are great players and I could see each of them playing key roles for us this year, Warford said.Here are some other things to watch as the Lions enter training camp:THE REPLACEMENTS: Detroit signed wide receiver Marvin Jones to a five-year, $40 million contract just days after Johnson announced his retirement. Jones will be the teams No. 2 option in the passing game behind Golden Tate. Jones set career highs with 65 receptions and 816 yards receiving last year in his third season with the Cincinnati Bengals. The Lions also hope one of the veterans they signed -- Jeremy Kerley, Andre Roberts and Andre Caldwell -- can become their No. 3 receiver. Detroit will also count on a pair of younger players, Corey Fuller and TJ Jones, becoming relatively prominent players after having limited roles.NEW BOSS IN TOWN: Quinnn has subtly reshaped Detroits roster, making a commitment to bolstering both lines and choosing not to make too big of a splash in free agency.dddddddddddd Team owner Martha Firestone Ford shook up the franchise last season, firing a pair of longtime executives, team president Tom Lewand and general manager Martin Mayhew. She gave Quinn his first chance to lead an NFL front office, banking on him bringing some of what he learned from one of the leagues top teams to the Motor City. Quinn was the Patriots director of pro scouting for the previous four seasons after serving as assistant director of pro personnel for two years in his 16-year career with the franchise.COACHING CONTINUITY: Quinn could have fired Jim Caldwell and hired a new coach and staff, but allowed him to return with an 18-14 mark in two seasons with one loss in the playoffs. The Lions also retained offensive coordinator Jim Bob Cooter, who replaced the fired Joe Lombardi midway through last season, and defensive coordinator Teryl Austin, a head coaching candidate after last season. That makes things operate a little bit more smoothly, Caldwell said.HOT HAND: Stafford, drafted No. 1 overall by Detroit in 2009, is coming off the best stretch of his career. He threw 19 TDs and just two interceptions over the last eight games, six of which Detroit won after a 1-7 start. If wed have had a couple more games, I think wed have kept it heading even farther in the right direction, Cooter said. But hopefully, were going to pick up right where we left off.LEANING ON LEVY: The Lions are welcoming back linebacker DeAndre Levy, one of their top players when healthy. He played only one game last season, shortly after signing a four-year extension, because of a hip injury that led to season-ending surgery. Levy was a second-team, All-Pro player in 2014 thanks a mix of physical ability and a mental edge. Levy takes off so fast on his reads, Caldwell said. Jim Bob asked the question, `Does he know what plays coming? ... Its really uncanny.---Online:AP NFL websites: www.pro32.ap.org and www.twitter.com/AP-NFL ' ' '

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