Harvey got his wish and doesn’t want to talk about Mets anymore
The Dark Knight doesn’t miss Gotham. If anything, Matt Harvey seems relieved he’s no longer a Met.
Talking to reporters for the first time since he was traded to the Reds on Tuesday, the one-time ace requested not to be asked about his time with the Mets and believes too much was made of his much-publicized night-life.
“Good memories, there’s a lot of bad memories,” Harvey told reporters in Los Angeles of his star-crossed time with the Mets. “I think after today, I’d like to not talk about my past experiences with the Mets. I’d like to move forward with my new organization and do everything I can to help them.”
He got his wish. He’s a starting pitcher again. He just had to switch jerseys and land with the worst team in the National League to make it happen. The Reds announced Harvey will make his first start in three weeks on Friday night against the Dodgers at Dodger Stadium. The 29-year-old righty will be on a pitch count, Reds manager Jim Riggleman said.
A lot was made of Harvey’s problems off the field. He was suspended last season after failing to show up for a game at Citi Field, and he missed a workout prior to the 2015 NLDS. Just recently, he was seen out in Los Angeles partying shortly after the Mets arrived in San Diego. But he felt too much was made of his penchant for staying out late, though Harvey declined to go into specifics.
“I think a lot of things get blown out of proportion,” he said.
Harvey, who’s once promising career has been marred by multiple arm surgeries, was dealt by the Mets for injury-prone, underperforming catcher Devin Mesoraco on Tuesday. Harvey had struggled mightily, as a starter and reliever, for the Mets, pitching to a 7.00 ERA. In four starts, Harvey had one solid outing, and three poor ones, before being sent to the bullpen, where he had a 10.50 ERA in four appearances. Prior to the trade, the Mets asked Harvey to accept a minor league assignment, which he declined, leading to the deal.
“Fresh start, I guess you can say, is a nice thing, and I’m looking forward to my opportunity,” he said. “It’s obviously my first time moving teams. Everything feels great. I’m excited for the opportunity. … I was working out and kind of got back on a five-day workout schedule.
“It was nice to hear that I’d be starting this weekend. I want to help this team anyway I can. I’m excited to get the ball.”
Harvey was an All-Star in 2013, but missed the 2014 season after undergoing Tommy John surgery. He returned to form in 2015, helping the Mets reach the World Series, but hasn’t been the same since needing thoracic outlet syndrome surgery in 2016. Since the start of that year, he has a 5.93 ERA and 9-19 record in 44 appearances, 39 of them starts.
“It’s been kind of a roller coaster, I’d say — battling from injuries and trying to get back to where I wanted to be and where I knew I can be,” said Harvey, who will switch from No. 33 to No. 32 with the Reds. “I wasn’t able to do that, pretty much felt like I let the team down, so it was tough. It was really tough mentally at times. As much work as I put into trying to get back to where I know I can be, I was just not having that success doing that.”
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