Mets remove the struggling Matt Harvey from rotation

Clyde Nash
April 24, 2018

Harvey did finish his outing with three scoreless innings after falling behind 6-0.

The New York Mets are atop the National League East. Shoot, would it surprise you if Harvey's very next appearance wound up being a start due to a circumstance that hasn't happened yet? "That's, right now, go to the bullpen, work on some things, get things back to where I need to be, get my s**t in order, and figure it out".

DiComo added with Jason Vargas set to come off the disabled list next Saturday in San Diego, the Mets needed to shift someone out of the rotation.

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Regardless of any of that, it certainly isn't a pleasing development for the 29-year-old Harvey (he certainly didn't seem happy in this video). And if Harvey has any shot at pulling off a legitimate makeover as he prepares for free agency this coming offseason, it's most likely to happen by working with Eiland and Callaway. As the savvy Callaway noted to both Harvey and the media, if he really did experience some sort of epiphany when he retired 11 of the final 12 batters, then he can take that with him into his new gig.

The right-hander went seven innings and allowed zero runs while only giving up four hits and two walks. A right shoulder injury cost him more than two months last season.

Harvey made his playoff debut in Game 3 of the National League Division Series against the Los Angeles Dodgers and got the win in the Mets 13-7 victory.

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Harvey could treat low-leverage outings as full-speed bullpen sessions in which he and the Mets' catchers and coaches can develop a better game plan.

If Matt Harvey wants to make it back into the Mets starting rotation the way to do it is simple.

Unfortunately, the injuries piled up as he needed surgery to fix his thoracic outlet syndrome, and he hasn't been as effective in the last three seasons. "Everybody uses tons of starters; 11 was the average a year ago for every team", he said. The only question now that remains is for how long will Harvey be a bullpen arm? "We have a lot of confidence that we can get Matt back to where he needs to be, and this is the first step in that". No pitcher in Mets history has finished with an ERA as high as Harvey's in 2017; 6.70.

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