The Mets suspended Matt Harvey for three days and have bought themselves a soap opera.
The Mets aren’t saying anything about the reason for the suspension, but sources contend Harvey wasn’t told of Saturday’s ban until Sunday, after arriving at the ballpark. While one source said “this will end up in a grievance” other sources suggest Havery isn’t yet set on that.
Harvey didn’t go to the ballpark Saturday, and apparently that is behind the suspension, though the Mets aren’t saying the reason for the absence or the ban. Harvey sees it as a miscommunication, according to sources, as people close to him say he played golf early Saturday, got a headache when he returned home around 1 p.m., and advised the Mets of this issue.
Harvey did go to the park on Sunday when he was scheduled to pitch, but was advised of the suspension at that time.
There are a lot of unanswered questions, but the Mets told the media the suspension started Saturday (and they called up Adam Wilk from Las Vegas, and told him of his assignment on Saturday so he could come from Albuquerque). So it’s not clear why Harvey didn’t know he was suspended on Saturday. But there does seem to have been a miscommunication somewhere along the line.
Neither New York GM Sandy Alderson nor Harvey’s agent, Scott Boras, immediately responded to text messages.