Har­vey sus­pended for vi­o­lat­ing team rules

The Hamilton Spectator - - SPORTS - CHARLES O’BRIEN

The New York Mets scratched Matt Har­vey for his sched­uled start Sun­day against the Miami Marlins and sus­pended the right-han­der three days for an undis­closed vi­o­la­tion of team rules.

Gen­eral man­ager Sandy Alder­son an­nounced the sus­pen­sion in a brief state­ment be­fore the game, say­ing that Har­vey had been sent home but de­clin­ing fur­ther com­ment. The team said the sus­pen­sion was ef­fec­tive Satur­day.

“We are go­ing to keep it in house, the way it’s sup­posed to be,” man­ager Terry Collins said. “We hope to put it be­hind us and move for­ward.”

Left-han­der Adam Wilk was called up from Triple-A Las Ve­gas to start. The three-day sus­pen­sion re­moves Har­vey from the 25-man ros­ter. The Mets trans­ferred Noah Syn­der­gaard to the 60-day dis­abled list to open a spot on the 40-man ros­ter for Wilk.

Collins in­di­cated that he was aware that a sus­pen­sion could be on the hori­zon for Har­vey. “There were some moves made last night be­cause we felt this might oc­cur,” he said.

In his first sea­son af­ter hav­ing a rib re­moved to treat tho­racic out­let syn­drome, the 28-year-old Har­vey has strug­gled to a 2-2 record with a 5.14 ERA over 35 in­nings. Har­vey is com­ing off two of the worst starts of his ca­reer, al­low­ing 12 runs over 9 2/3 in­nings with eight walks in a pair of losses to At­lanta.

He missed the 2014 sea­son af­ter Tommy John surgery. Har­vey’s best sea­son was in 2015, when he went 13-8 with a 2.71 ERA. But that year, in his first post-sea­son, he missed a manda­tory work­out the day be­fore the NL East cham­pion Mets trav­elled to Los An­ge­les for their play­off opener against the Dodgers. He apol­o­gized for his late ar­rival, for which he was fined.

Har­vey’s sus­pen­sion is the lat­est blow for the Mets, who have been plagued with in­juries this sea­son. New York is miss­ing ace right-han­der Syn­der­gaard (latis­simus dorsi), out­fielder Yoe­nis Ce­s­pedes (ham­string), first base­man Lu­cas Duda (el­bow), catcher Travis d’Ar­naud (wrist), left-han­der Steven Matz (el­bow), right-han­der Seth Lugo (el­bow), third base­man David Wright (re­cov­ery from neck surgery) and out­fielder Bran­don Nimmo (ham­string). Short­stop As­drubal Cabr­era left Satur­day’s game with an in­jured left thumb.


Matt Har­vey has been sus­pended for three days for a vi­o­la­tion of team rules.

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