The New York Mets announced that RHP Matt Harvey was seen today at Hospital for Special Surgery.
Following an MRI and a CT scan, Harvey was diagnosed with a stress injury to the scapula bone in the right shoulder.
Harvey received a PRP injection and will rehab until he is pain free, at which time he will begin a throwing program to return to pitch. He is expected to miss several weeks.
Harvey suffered a major dip in velocity during his last start on Wednesday night, at one point hitting as low as 89 MPH on his fastball.
The 2017 season has been a struggle for Harvey who is 4-3 with a 5.23 ERA, 1.45 WHIP and a career low 6.9 K/9.
Original Post – June 14
Matt Harvey continued his very poor start to the 2017 season with another rough outing Wednesday night. Harvey lasted only four innings, throwing 58 pitches, and allowing four runs on four hits, while striking out five.
Harvey’s night started out poor from the get-go as he allowed back-to-back homers to Anthony Rizzo and Ian Happ to open up the game. Harvey was able to maneuver his way through the second and the third, but allowed a massive two run shot to Kyle Schwarber in the fourth. Harvey was then lifted for a pinch hitter in the bottom half of the inning. The three homers on the night now have Harvey up to 16 home runs allowed in 70.1 innings this season.
Harvey suffered a major dip in velocity during this start, at one point hitting as low as 89 MPH on his fastball. Statcast had Harvey’s average four seam fastball velocity sitting at 92.3 MPH, and his two-seamer at 91.8 MPH. Postgame, Terry Collins addressed the issue, which he called a dead arm. “Matt’s arm is fatigued … he said there is nothing coming out.”
On his outing, a very discouraged Harvey told Laura Albanese of Newsday, he felt “pretty tired. My arm was not working at all … the last time I threw 87 on a fastball was freshman year of high school.”
Collins said that the club is expecting Harvey to get his arm looked at tomorrow. However, experiencing dead arm a year off of Thoracic Outlet Syndrome is not something that should come as a shock. With Steven Matz and Robert Gsellman back in the rotation, the Mets could consider moving Harvey to the bullpen.