The Dark Knight suffered through many dark nights in a disastrous half season that eventually resulted in thoracic outlet syndrome surgery. After a glimmer of hope in a five-start stretch (2.25 ERA in 32 innings), Matt Harvey failed to finish four innings in back-to-back starts and was placed on the DL with shoulder soreness. Shortly thereafter, we learned that he had symptoms consistent with TOS -- including tingling fingers when pitching -- and would need the surgery. While he is expected to be ready for spring training, there haven't been many strong returns from the surgery in its relatively limited history. It's unknown how long the symptoms were there in his 92.2 innings, but he suffered through career-worst marks virtually across the board, including lost velocity on every one of his four pitches. News of the tingling being gone is certainly positive, but those looking to buy need to be diligent about paying attention to spring reports regarding his velocity and command. It would be prudent to look elsewhere without a substantial discount.
Harvey (2-0) struck out two and allowed three runs on four hits and two walks over seven innings in a no-decision against the Nationals on Friday. It wasn't a particularly dominant performance from the Dark Knight, who served up homers to Bryce Harper and Jose Lobaton, but Harvey gave the Mets a chance to win before Jeurys Familia lost the strike zone in the 11th inning. Harvey's next start will come Thursday at home against the Braves.
Harvey will start Friday against the Nationals, Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports reports. Harvey will move up a day to start in place of Jacob deGrom, who has been pushed back to Saturday due to neck stiffness. The Mets had an off day Monday, so Harvey will be on normal rest against Tanner Roark and the Nats. Harvey has posted a 2.45 ERA, 0.98 WHIP and 15:3 K:BB through three starts this season, but the peripherals suggest some regression is in store (3.90 FIP).
Harvey threw six innings of one-run ball en route to a no-decision Sunday against the Marlins, allowing seven hits and two walks with five strikeouts. Harvey exited his previous start prematurely because of a hamstring issue but showed no signs of the ailment in tossing his second quality start in three tries. He allowed just one extra-base hit and worked rather efficiently, throwing 66 percent of his 91 pitches for strikes through six frames. Harvey owns a middling 7.4 K/9 through 18.1 innings, but fantasy owners will have to be pleased with his 2.45 ERA and 0.98 WHIP. He will look to build on what has been a strong beginning to the campaign Saturday against the Nationals.
Harvey (hamstring) has been cleared to make his next scheduled start Sunday against the Marlins, Anthony DiComo of MLB.com reports. Harvey ended up exiting Tuesday's start against the Phillies after experiencing some cramping in his hamstring, but after receiving treatment for the issue after the game, it looks like his health is on solid ground. The right-hander was rolling prior to his departure Tuesday and came away with his second win in as many decisions, so he's done well to assuage concerns that the thoracic outlet syndrome he required last season would derail his career.
Harvey, who left Tuesday's game with a hamstring cramp, is expected to make his next start on Sunday against the Marlins, Anthony DiComo of MLB.com reports. Harvey owners can breathe a sign of relief. Following Tuesday's game, manager Terry Collins announced that Harvey was simply dealing with a leg cramp and that the starting pitcher "feels fine". Despite the injury scare, it appears that Harvey should be good to go for his upcoming start on Sunday.
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