Fast forward to 2018, Harvey has been demoted to the bullpen after four starts and an 0-2 record with a 6.00 ERA.
A starter his whole career, the 29-year-old Harvey lost his spot after repeated problems on the mound.
With the return of injured left-handed starter Jason Vargas imminent, the Mets have been considering going to a six-man rotation or moving a current starter to the bullpen. Harvey wouldn't be obligated to accept such an assignment, by virtue of his five-plus years of service time, and he shouldn't have been castigated had he refused to go to Triple-A Las Vegas. There's a good chance that he'll eventually get another opportunity to start, and if his results start to match his peripherals, he could have a solid season.
With the changes in the staff this season and the other pitchers in the rotation, Harvey's status came into question when, after the right-hander allowed six runs in six innings on Thursday in Atlanta, manager Mickey Callaway declined to guarantee him another start. It's not yet known what the Mets' plans are for him in the bullpen. A right shoulder injury cost him more than two months last season. "My performance hasn't been there, and I just have to do whatever I have to do to get back in the starting rotation".
Really, though, the Mets should be thrilled if Harvey can work his way back to being even league-average, a neighborhood in which he has never resided. Jeurys Familia entered the game and gave up the tying run, the Mets would lose the game and the series in 12 innings by a final of 7-2.
Ricco claimed sending Harvey to this minor leagues was perhaps not an option as the Mets nevertheless felt the workforce could be helped by Harvey. "I couldn't feel the ball.'" Four days later, he opted to undergo season-ending surgery after tests showed that he had symptoms of thoracic outlet syndrome. He hoped his final three innings would buy him one more start. He finished 2017 with a career-worst 6.70 ERA.
If Matt Harvey wants to make it back into the Mets starting rotation the way to do it is simple.
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