In his April 27 start against Atlanta to replace the injured Noah Syndergaard, Matt Harvey complained he wasn’t given enough time to prepare.
So, what did Harvey do?
WILK: Put in tough spot. (AP)
He did the same thing to Adam Wilk, but on a larger, more selfish scale. With Harvey suspended for three days without pay, the Mets had to call up Wilk, who took the Red Eye from Albuquerque, New Mexico and arrived in New York at 8:45 this morning.
“It was pretty interesting,” Wilk told reporters of his Magical Mystery Tour itinerary that started in Las Vegas and went to Denver to Albuquerque to Los Angeles to New York.
“I tried to get as much sleep as I could. I don’t want to make any excuses; I didn’t make good enough pitches. … I wouldn’t say I was off. I put everything into it that I had.”
Wilk gave up six runs – five earned – in 3.2 innings. His stint including giving up a pair of home runs to Giancarlo Stanton and one to Adeiny Hechavarria.
The Mets supported their newest teammate with all of one hit as they were shut out for the first time this year.
A likely scenario for Wilk is to be optioned back to Vegas.
METS EXTEND SEWALD: A day after saying he couldn’t afford to use his relievers for more than one inning, Collins stayed with Paul Sewald for at least two innings. Sewald gave the Mets 3.1 innings today, throwing 59 pitches.
With Sewald not likely to pitch for at least two games, don’t be surprised if they send him back to Vegas.
POSITIVE CABRERA NEWS: Mets GM Sandy Alderson said the MRI taken on Asdrubal Cabrera’s injured left thumb showed no ligament damage. This makes it likely he’ll have a shorter recovery time meaning top prospect Amed Rosario will not be brought up.
“The good news is it doesn’t have any tear,” Collins said.
The Mets have not yet put Cabrera on the disabled list, meaning they’ll play shorthanded. With the 10-day disabled list available to them, this could be a questionable decision by Alderson.
By not calling up Rosario prior to June, he will become a Super 2, it means he will be eligible for four years of salary arbitration instead of three.
As of now, the plan is to use Jose Reyes at shortstop and Wilmer Flores at third base.
FLUSHING POWER: Stanton’s two homers gave him 20 hit at Citi Field, which prompted Gary Cohen to pose this trivia question: Stanton’s 20 ties him with Yoenis Cespedes, but who are the seven players with more homers?
Answer: Lucas Duda, David Wright, Curtis Granderson, Ike Davis, Flores and Reyes.
METS CLAIM PITCHER: The Mets claimed left-hander Tommy Milone on waivers from the Milwaukee Brewers.
In six games, three of them starts, Milone is 1-0 with a 6.43 ERA and an astounding 1.476 WHIP. He’s not exactly a power pitcher, with 16 strikeouts in 21 innings.
“`His background is as a starting pitcher, so we’ll look at that,” Collins said.
It is presumed he will replace Rafael Montero in the rotation.
UP NEXT: Here’s the rotation for the Mets-Giants series, starting Monday at Citi Field.
Monday, 7:10 p.m., Jacob deGrom (2-1, 3.68) vs. LHP Matt Moore (1-4, 6.75); Tuesday, 7:10 p.m., Zack Wheeler (1-2, 4.78) vs. RHP Jeff Samardzjia (0-4, 5.03); Wednesday, 1:10 p.m., TBA vs. Matt Cain (2-1, 4.70).
There exists a possibility Harvey might come off his three-day suspension to start in place of Rafael Montero, but Collins would not commit to that.
ON DECK LATER TODAY: More on Harvey.