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Matt Harvey rejoins Mets, apologizes for skipping game
10 May 2017, 03:10 | Stacy Ballard
Mets starter Matt Harvey leaves in the fifth inning against the visiting Atlanta Braves
Based on the information given to Emily Smith and David K. Li of PageSix.com, Harvey was out until 4 a.m. the previous night, celebrating Cinco de Mayo. And again, two years ago he was one of the best pitchers in all of baseball.
The Mets' decision to lift Harvey from the suspended list comes on the same day he apologized to the organization and his teammates at a press conference. Personnel were sent to his Manhattan apartment around 10 pm, according to ESPN.
San Francisco, which has lost five of six, was playing at Citi Field for the first time since its 3-0 wild-card win on October 5. Harvey reportedly told the Mets he had a bad headache, but management was fed up and/or didn't buy it, so they suspended him. Even before the homestand, the Mets were roiled when Syndergaard refused the team's request to have an MRI, then tore a muscle in his next outing.
His absence is not something that will go unpunished. The Giants are 11-5 in the last 16 meetings in NY, the over is 5-1 in the last 6 meetings in NY and the over is 6-2 in the last 8 meetings.
Harvey is slated to return to the rotation for Friday's road game against the Milwaukee Brewers.
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. Collins says he expects Harvey's agent, Scott Boras, to challenge the discipline. Harvey will have some explaining to do. "[What] I should be doing is putting myself in a better place to perform physically", Harvey responded. The penalty cost him $84,016 of his $5,125,000 salary. A member of the club admitted to a few on Monday that Harvey lives "different life" than many on the team.
The Mets right-hander spent batting practice mostly by himself, talking with the mental skills coach as he tries to rebuild his reputation, starting with his teammates, whom he addressed at his locker prior to their game. He 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 had to undergo season-ending shoulder surgery. Fortunately, he was able to make good progress towards getting his health back during the off-season. If he gives the Mets 13 or14 wins and lowers his ERA near 3, maybe, just maybe, Harvey will increase his value enough for the Mets to ship him out of town come the GM Meetings before Christmas.
Walker singled into the right-field corner, and the Mets ran out of the dugout to swarm him in celebration. On the side, the over is 15-5-2 in the Mets' last 22 home games and 20-5-3 in their last 28 games overall.
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