Mets manager Terry Collins finally admitted the team’s handling of its pitchers perhaps contributed to Matt Harvey‘s sluggish start. The Mets held their pitchers back a week because of last season’s workloads. Harvey threw 12 innings in spring training whereas most starters log close to 30 innings. Harvey’s spring was further cut short by a urinary tract infection.
“He really never got to where he was game-ready at the end of spring training,” Collins told reporters. “It just kind of carried over into the season.”
Now, was that so hard?
Harvey lost his first three starts before winning an unimpressive start Friday night.
“It’s still a work in progress,” Harvey said. “Parts of the game obviously felt better, and it felt like I was releasing the ball the way I should be. Other times it was not that way. I’m still working. There’s more positives than negatives out of this game.”
Perhaps the biggest negative was Harvey throwing 101 pitches in five innings.
“Obviously throwing that many pitches in five innings is not ideal,” Harvey said. “My goal today was going out there and really trying to work on what we had worked on this past week. At times, I was able to do that, and at times I fell out of that. I have to re-find that.”
Prior to the game, pitching coach Dan Warthen said Harvey had developed a mechanical flaw where he collapsed his push-off leg working out of the stretch.
“The majority of the time out of the stretch I did feel better,” Harvey said. “Like I said, there’s still work to be done.”
If this is the work in progress Harvey proclaims it to be, it could take a few more starts before he gets it right.
But, on a positive note, at least the Mets seem to have an idea of what’s wrong with Harvey.
DeGROM READY FOR SUNDAY: Jacob deGrom rejoined the Mets today after being on emergency family leave and will start Sunday against the Braves.
DeGrom said his two-week-old son, Jaxon, was suffering from apnea and would stop breathing while he slept.
“It was definitely scary,” deGrom said told reporters. “When all the tests came back and nothing was seriously wrong, we were pretty relieved.”
Sunday’s start will be his first since April 8, a game he left with tightness in his right lat after six innings. After studying video, deGrom theorizes his landing leg was too stiff.
“I feel good,” deGrom said. “The last few bullpen sessions have been good.”
CESPEDES SIDELINED: Collins said Yoenis Cespedes aggravated the bruise on his right leg sliding into second and would probably not play the remaining two games during this series.
“The bruise is pretty big,” Collins said. “He’s aggravated it, and he’s limping pretty bad. … He’s pretty swelled. He’s certainly not going to be available today.”
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