Here’s why the New York Mets – despite winning ten straight games – can make you want to beat your head against a cement wall.
The person: Matt Harvey.
The issue: An injury.
The event: Harvey went to see a doctor Wednesday afternoon for consultation on a lingering foot injury.
The diagnosis: The doctors said it was a mild left ankle sprain, but before that manager Terry Collins, who apparently received his medical degree in an online medical school in Guadalajara, Mexico, said, “he’s fine, it’s nothing.’’
Collins also said Harvey pitched with it for a month and will make his start Saturday against the Yankees. After Wednesday’s 3-2 over the Braves, Collins said he didn’t even know about it until two days ago. How is that possible? How does the manager not know his best pitcher has a sprained ankle? For him to admit that is admitting he doesn’t know what is going on with his team.
Collins also said Harvey dismissed the idea of skipping the start. Of course he did, because Harvey is the one who makes those decisions. Collins never should have said Harvey would start prior to the exam, and even after should have said he would see later.
After the game Collins called it mild, but leg injuries are critical to a pitcher because it can alter mechanics and put stress on the arm, not a good thing for someone coming off Tommy John surgery.
How would Collins know it is “nothing?’’ It was obvious something enough to where Harvey had to see a doctor, which, whether it was his decision or somebody else’s, was the proper move.
When it comes to injuries, never trust management’s assertion “it is nothing,’’ and for projected missed time always bet the over.
And, for those who say they are long-time Mets fans, remember this is an area where management hasn’t done well. Don’t believe me?