Terry Collins spoke before the game on Monday, and said that right-hander Matt Harvey will likely return to the starting rotation on Friday when the Mets play the Brewers in Milwaukee. It was believed Harvey would return to the rotation on Wednesday when one of Rafael Montero or newcomer Tommy Milone were initially expected to start.
But the team decided they’d rather have Harvey 800 miles away when he finally takes the mound again to try and reduce the media firestorm that was ignited when the Mets decided to suspend him for three days because he violated team rules.
As was reported yesterday by Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports, Harvey never reported to the ballpark for Saturday’s game after playing a round of golf and developed a migraine. What happened after that is kind of sketchy as both Harvey and the Mets haven’t given any details.
But the rumors are that Harvey called the team well after the time he should have been at the park and the Mets weren’t interested in any of his excuses.
Jon Heyman of Fan Rag Sports later reported that Matt Harvey had filed a grievance against the Mets for the suspension. But this afternoon on MLB Network, Rosenthal said he heard nothing about a grievance. Heyman also added that the Mets sent a security task force to check on Harvey at his Manhattan apartment, who found him in his pajamas.
It appears that the suspension was not solely based on the one reported incident, but instead it was a build up of several other issues over the last two seasons.
The whole matter has erupted into a media frenzy with many of the talking heads are pinning the blame on Harvey as well as the team itself for taking so long to hold their young players accountable or responsible.
I’m also pretty sure that Mets brass was unhappy when a very contented Matt Harvey told reporters he felt great and was happy with his performance after allowing six earned runs and walking five in his last start.
Jose Reyes had some harsh words for Harvey, saying: “Injuries are injuries. What happened to Harvey, that’s a different ballgame,” Reyes said without elaborating.
“You’re an employee, you have to understand you need to show up for your work. That’s the rules that the team has since spring training. As a grown man, you’ve got a job to do. You have to understand: If you don’t show up, you’re going to pay the consequence.”
Former SNY analyst Bob Ojeda has labeled the relationship between Harvey and the team as “toxic.” While former Met, Paul Lo Duca added, “I showed up at park EVERY DAY including the day my mother passed. Underlying problem here but a text takes 2 seconds.”
It’s not yet known if Matt Harvey is expected to face the press, but many are calling for him to apologize to his teammates for having plop this 500 pound gorilla on their laps. We’ll see what happens on Wednesday when Harvey is expected to return from his suspension.
Also interesting to see, is how Harvey responds on the mound on Friday, after allowing six runs and walking five in his last start. One thing is certain, the timing for this couldn’t be worse as the team had won nine of their last 11 games heading into Sunday’s series finale.
Just over three hours before Matt Harvey was supposed to take the mound for the series finale against the Miami Marlins, the pitcher was suspended by the team for three days without pay and has been sent home.
In place of Harvey, 29-year-old left-hander Adam Wilk will be called-up from Triple-A Las Vegas and make a spot start for his Mets debut.
According to Anthony DiComo of MLB.com on Twitter, Harvey’s suspension began yesterday and will run through Monday.
In order to make space for Wilk on the 40 man roster, the Mets have transferred Noah Syndergaard to the 60 day disabled list.
Harvey, 28, has pitched to a 2-2 record this season, with a 5.14 ERA in six games started including back-to-back outings where the righty allowed six runs apiece. He has been suspended for “violating team rules.”
“It’s really tough,” Mets outfielder Jay Bruce said. “Obviously, coming in here we hope and expect that we are going to have our guy for all the games we need him for, but a lot of times for multiple reasons that doesn’t happen. We’re going to go out and play today and try to win a game just as if Matt was on the mound.”
Wilk made his major league debut with the Detroit Tigers in 2011 and most recently pitched with the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim in 2015.
He joined the Mets on a minor league deal this offseason and has compiled a 2-3 record and a 5.91 ERA in six starts for the 51s in 2017.