New York Mets P Matt Harvey Won’t Return This Season
The New York Mets former ace Matt Harvey is done for the season due to thoracic outlet syndrome. He has had a less than astonishing season so far in 2016 posting an ERA of 4.86 in 92 innings pitched. Thoracic outlet syndrome affects the nerve endings starting in the shoulder and can numb the tips of the fingers — hampering control. Harvey will have to have a rib removed to make way for the muscles and to give more room so the nerve is no longer pinched.
Harvey’s agent, Scott Boras, announced that there was no other way to fix the issue other than something temporary, like Botox. This would only relax the muscles and mask the problem, leaving Harvey open for more permanent damage that could result in a shortened career on the mound. “The doctors recommended this done, mainly so that he can be ready for ’17,” Boras was quoted saying.
A Troubling Season
Harvey had a difficult start to 2016, coming down with what was listed as a bladder infection that almost kept him from making his opening day start against the Kansas City Royals. The New York media and fans were brutal, with sometimes hilarious — but embarrassing — headlines that Harvey pretended to ignore.
He then got booed off the mound at the end of May after allowing nine runs in 2 2/3 innings versus the Washington Nationals. He seemed shaken and continued to be hot and cold throughout most of June until the news came down that he wouldn’t be appearing on the mound anymore this season.
Harvey is under contract with the Mets through 2018 and is making a guaranteed $4.3 million this year. Last year he pitched a total of 216 innings, the most ever by a pitcher only 1 year removed from Tommy John surgery, and 26 of those innings came in the post season. Agent Scott Boras has expressed his displeasure in the amount of innings pitched for Harvey last season, although there is no known link between over working after Tommy John surgery and thoracic outlet syndrome.
“I can’t draw any conclusions other than we were fine in ’15 and felt this in ’16,” Boras said.
With Harvey out of the line-up, Logan Verrett will join deGrom, Syndergaard, Matz, and Colon for the Mets’ regular rotation. Verrett is a right-hander posting a 4.34 ERA so far this season with 56 total innings pitched. “I think it’s going to be a fun opportunity to me and I’m looking forward to it,” Verrett said about starting the rest of the season.
Verrett has mostly been in the bullpen this season, but is looking forward to the routine. His first start against the Nationals Saturday was a tough one, giving up 5 runs in 6 innings.
The Dark Knight will no longer rise on the mound for the Mets this season. And so far, Verrett hasn’t earned the appeal of a super-hero nickname. He may return back to the bullpen as soon as Zack Wheeler comes off the disabled list, but there is no exact timetable to tell if Wheeler can return after the All-Star break.
deGrom will get the start on Friday when the Mets travel to Philadelphia.
(New York Mets P Matt Harvey)