Matt Harvey will start on short rest this coming Wednesday. What exactly is there to gain by doing this?
The right-hander returned to the mound on Saturday and was promptly lit up giving up seven runs in only two innings of work. Harvey was on a pitch limit of 80 but the two innings worked were the shortest of his career.
Terry Collins announced today that Harvey will pitch Wednesday against the Phillies on short rest with Seth Lugo pitching on Thursday. Collins said Harvey wanted to “get back on the mound as soon as possible.”
The Mets currently sit at 58 -78, 20 games under .500 this late in the season for the first time since 2009. Harvey is not only still working his way back from Thoracic Outlet Syndrome, but a stress injury in his pitching shoulder. Can someone explain why Harvey is being allowed to pitch on short rest in a season that has been over for a couple of months?
You can almost sort of understand where Harvey is coming from. It has been one thing after another for him the last two season from suspensions, to multiple injuries, to poor performance, and questions about his velocity. He clearly wants to wash the taste of Saturday’s putrid performance out of his mouth and try to get some positive momentum going.
However, the Mets are not exactly showing much responsibility here. This is an organization that has come under heavy fire this season for the way injuries have derailed their season, more so how they have handled them. Allowing a pitcher that is clearly not all the way back from surgery and fresh off an injury to his pitching shoulder is terrible optics.
The Mets are not in a pennant race. Having Harvey start on short rest is unnecessary and just another perplexing choice by the team in a season full of many of them.