Mets suspended pitcher Harvey

If it turns out he partied until 4 a.m., then played golf, but couldn't make it to the game-well, that's not good. Instead, he was sent home for not showing up to the ballpark for a game the night before.

The New York Post reported that Harvey was out drinking with friends until 4 a.m. Saturday.

"I'm extremely embarrassed", the 28-year-old right-hander said of failing to show up for Saturday's game and being sent home Sunday by Mets management to begin serving the team suspension.

NOTES: The Mets added LHP Tommy Milone, whom they claimed off waivers from the Milwaukee Brewers on Sunday, to their 25-man roster and designated LHP Adam Wilk for assignment.

NY has been dealing with drama all homestand, from an injury that will likely keep star pitcher Noah Syndergaard out until after the All-Star break to a suspension of pitcher Matt Harvey, who failed to show up for a game. Understanding that is a huge deal, and it's part of the position that you're in. "We're going to try to do that". "But we've got a couple other things, couple hurdles this week we've got to get through". "That's why I told him I thought the best thing he could do was walk in here today and face [the media] and his teammates and get that over with, so he can now focus on what he's got to do".

By that point, both Syndergaard (out three months with a torn right lat) and Bumgarner (out at least two months with shoulder and rib injuries sustained during a dirt bike accident) should be back, though their teams have plenty of work to do to create a rematch in October.

"He was sorry that he had to put us in a situation like this", Curtis Granderson said. "You savour. You never let go". "It probably helps stop the panicking part about it". "We will welcome Matt back when he gets back and continue moving forward". "But, we're not fine now, and it's time for us to do something". "It's time for us to do something". And even after a slow start to the season, why would the Mets - widely considered a postseason contender entering the campaign - cut bait in early May when they're still within two games of a wild-card spot? He threw three innings last Thursday against the Atlanta Braves before the game was rained out. They're 1-4 in their last five games overall, 2-8 in their last 10 road games, and 1-5 in their last six games versus a right-handed starter.

They can do this without his permission because he is a player with less than five years of service time; at the start of the season, he had four years and 72 days. Milone could start for the Mets on Wednesday in the series finale.

  • Steve Townsend