The Mets announced they were suspending right-hander Matt Harvey for three games for an undisclosed violation of the team rules.
Harvey did not make it to Citi Field at all on Saturday, and according to Heyman this was the straw that broke the camel’s back for the Mets.
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The team has not said why they suspended Harvey, which has led to a ton of speculation about what exactly happened. We weren’t sure whether it had to do with the Plawecki incident of 2017 or what else, but apparently it stems from his absence this weekend.
According to Heyman’s sources, Harvey thinks this is just a bad case of miscommunication. He was reportedly playing golf on Saturday at 1 p.m., and got a headache. He told the Mets of his condition and decided to not make it to the ballpark that night.
When Harvey showed up on Sunday morning to the game he was scheduled to start, the team informed him he had been suspended, and sent him home.
According to Sandy Alderson, the suspension started on Saturday, but it really looks like Harvey wasn’t made aware of it, and that’s why he ended up showing up to Citi the following morning.
It’ll be interesting to see exactly how this plays out in the coming days. It’s never good to see a team and a player go at it like this, but it seems like both sides think the other acted unfairly.
You could also say that Harvey’s actions hurt the team on the field, as the Mets got rocked in the series finale against the Marlins at Citi Field. They were unable to finish the sweep with a 7-0 loss.
Starter Adam Wilk had to be flown in last minute to take over Harvey’s spot, and he was brutal, giving up 8 hits and 6 runs in 3 2/3 innings. Harvey’s turn in the rotation comes up this week again, so we’ll see what the Mets end up doing when his name is called.