The Mets have suspended Matt Harvey for three games, without pay, for violating team rules.
Why? We don’t know. No, I’m not kidding. We really don’t know, and the organization is not going to tell us. And, on top of all of that, this announcement is made less than three hours before Harvey was supposed to start.
Well then. Supposedly the suspension technically started on Saturday and runs through Monday. But Harvey was at Citi Field on Sunday morning and was sent home by the Mets, according to MetsBlog. If the suspension started yesterday, why would Harvey not be made aware of this and still show up to make his start? Seem like more miscommunication is happening.
Adam Wilk, who the Mets just signed in January, will start in Harvey’s place. Wilk hasn’t pitched in the majors since 2015 — when he pitched with the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim… for only two innings. We all know what happened the last time a pitcher started with three hours notice — and that was with a consistent major league starter. Of course, this is assuming Wilk did not know in advance, just like Harvey seemed to not know in advance.
Well, today’s game will be uh quite interesting?
Terry Collins is currently having a team meeting to discuss with the clubhouse what is going on. But it doesn’t look like fans will learn about what’s going on.
What could Harvey have done to suspend him for three games just hours before his start? The first thing that comes to mind for many is that maybe he is the one responsible for the Kevin Plawecki incident of 2017. But, this seems a bit too harsh of a punishment for that, no?
Marc Carig of Newsday tweeted that this suspension does not have anything to do with that incident. But then what could it be? We many never find out.