According to a bunch of anonymous sources duking it out across a range of reporters, Harvey played golf on Saturday, and then didn't bother going to the stadium after telling the team that he was suffering from migraines.
The Mets' left-hander wasn't even on the 40-man roster when he left with the 51s for Albuquerque, N.M., but by the next morning he found himself leaving a NY airport and heading straight to Citi Field to start against the Miami Marlins in place Matt Harvey. Fans who showed up for a (chilly) day at the ballpark on Sunday and expected to see Harvey instead got to watch call-up Adam Wilk give up three homers as the Mets got shutout 7-0. Alderson said the righthander was sent home but declined further comment.
"We are going to keep it in house, the way it's supposed to be", New York Mets manager Terry Collins said, as quoted by The Guardian. Throw in a suspension and Harvey's trade value isn't exactly sky-high. Afterward, he held a closed-door meeting with the Mets (14-15), whose lineup Sunday will be missing four Opening Day position players.
NY entered Sunday 14-15, which was good for second place in the National League East. White Sox pitcher Zach Putnam (right elbow inflammation) is "getting better in the whole rehab process", Chicago manager Rick Renteria said.
'So we hope to put it behind us and move forward, ' Collins added.
In his first season after having a rib removed in surgery to treat thoracic outlet syndrome, Harvey, 28, is 2-2 with a 5.14 ERA in 35 innings.
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Marlins first baseman Justin Bour and third baseman Martin Prado botched easy grounders for errors that led to five unearned runs.
Matt Harvey will likely make his next start Friday, the Mets announced. "At some point, we've got to start putting games together".
But Mets officials are more concerned with getting Harvey on track than a possible legal battle. "Reyes will move over to shortstop, we have Flores and T.J. Rivera that can play third, and we're hopeful Duda will be back in the next week or so". Harvey has not pitched since Tuesday May 2, when he allowed six runs, all earned, in 5.1 innings against the Braves; he will pitch Friday on ten days' rest.
The team already has dealt with several public relations issues this season.
While speculation immediately erupted that the suspension was related to the placement of an adult sex toy in the locker of a teammate in a photo that the team tweeted out, reports indicate that it is not related to that.
"One thing he has to do - and he's done it in the past - he needs to address some guys", Collins said.