The New York Mets and starting pitcher Matt Harvey are at odds after the team suspended him three days.
The New York Mets are doing their best to stay afloat. They are getting crushed by injuries, as stars such as Yoenis Cespedes and Noah Syndergaard headline their disabled list. Lucas Duda, Travis d’Arnaud, Steven Matz, Seth Lugo are also sidelined.
The Mets have enough to deal with on a daily basis given how many regulars are injured. It is hard enough to deal with that; now the Mets are dealing with another issue involving starting pitcher Matt Harvey.
Harvey was scheduled to start Sunday afternoon’s game against the Miami Marlins. He did not make the start because he was suspended by the team for three days without pay for breaking team rules. Specifics about the suspension were not provided by general manager Sandy Alderson.
There are rumors floating around that Harvey’s suspension is tied to him not showing up to the ballpark on Saturday. Fox Sports, citing a source close to Harvey, said that he had migraines Saturday and there was a miscommunication about him not showing up. The New York Daily News reports that the suspension is a culmination of things that began last season.
Harvey’s suspension, according to Alderson, began Saturday. He showed up to the ballpark on Sunday but was sent home. As a result, the Mets had to call up left-handed pitcher Adam Wilk to make a spot start.
It was a tough position for Wilk to be in. He traveled a ton just to make it there in time for the game, arriving at about 8:45 am he said on the postgame. He traveled across multiple time zones to make it to New York in time to start this afternoon.
It was a difficult situation for everyone involved. The Mets looked flat all game, as the Marlins shut them out 7-0. The Mets managed only one hit in the game, as they were shut down by Jose Urena.
This is a situation that will surely continue. Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reported that Harvey will be filing a grievance against the Mets.
We will undoubtedly learn more about what happened. The Mets, not Harvey, are sharing many details right now but that will change soon enough. With everything that the Mets are already dealing with, this is the last thing they needed.
The Mets will host the San Francisco Giants for a three-game series that begins Monday. The third game of that series on Wednesday is when we could learn more. The Mets could lift Harvey’s suspension and have him start, or push him back again until Saturday, which would have been his next scheduled start had he taken the mound Sunday.