There was a missing face for the New York Mets on Saturday. One prominent member of their pitching staff was not there. Matt Harvey did not show up, he was nowhere to be found.
The Mets were worried, in fact they were worried enough to perform a welfare check on their starting pitcher. Personnel were sent to his Manhattan apartment around 10 pm, according to ESPN.
There may be a reason that Harvey did not show up to Citi Field, and recent reports are pointing towards illness. It is reported that Harvey came down with a bad headache following a round of golfing Saturday morning. He even contacted the team to say he would be absent.
His absence is not something that will go unpunished. He was given a three-day suspension by the New York Mets for failing to show up. He will likely be returning to the rotation on Friday in the team’s game against Milwaukee.
Mets manager Terry Collins spoke on the situation on Monday, saying that when a player makes a mistake, the stand up, take account for it, and move on. Eventually, people will forget. He went on to say Harvey will be returning to the Mets on Tuesday. Harvey will have some explaining to do.
Harvey’s suspension will also be putting a dent in his pocket. It will be costing Harvey $84,016 of his $5,125,000 salary. His agent Scott Boras is expected to challenge the discipline.
It is not well received by any team when one of their players does not show up, and Harvey is the latest example. There is only one thing he can do, move forward, learn from his mistakes, apologize, and put it in the past.
Being suspended may not be the best thing to happen for Harvey in his past year with the Mets. It is not the worst however, it has been worse for the Mets starter. Harvey has been absent before, but due to injury.
Last season he ended up missing a lot more than three games to say the least. He had to undergo season-ending shoulder surgery. His recovery was no short thing either, it took him months. Fortunately, he was able to make good progress towards getting his health back during the off-season.
Now that Harvey is healthy again, he just has to stay out of trouble. Aside from their starter going missing a few days ago, the Mets are off to a good start. They are the second place team of the NL East, with a record of 15-16. They trail the division leading Washington Nations by just over five games.
Will Harvey’s apology be accepted? Will the Mets starter learn from his mistake? Share your thoughts in the comments below.
Commentary by Cody Macleod