Harvey (shoulder) was placed on the 10-day disabled list Friday.
The embattled starter was examined by doctors after experiencing extreme arm fatigue, and after being diagnosed with a stress injury of the scapula bone in his right shoulder, he'll be sidelined for multiple weeks. Harvey was also sidelined for a number of weeks last season after being treated for thoracic outlet syndrome, so it wouldn't be too surprising to see the Mets take a cautious approach in his rehab process, especially given the injury situation plaguing New York at the moment. Matt Reynolds and Brandon Nimmo were recalled as corresponding moves for Harvey and Juan Lagares (thumb) landing on the DL, but look for Tyler Pill or Rafael Montero to fill the void in the Mets' rotation until Harvey is back in action.
Harvey was diagnosed Thursday with a stress injury to the scapula bone in his right shoulder and is expected to be sidelined for several weeks, Marc Carig of Newsday reports.
This is another tough break for Harvey, who missed a large portion of 2016 with a right shoulder issue that was later revealed as thoracic outlet syndrome. The 28-year-old received a PRP injection Thursday and will wait until he is completely pain free before resuming a throwing program, perhaps shortly before or after the All-Star break. The Mets had been working with a six-man rotation following the returns of Steven Matz and Seth Lugo from the disabled list last week, and according to Anthony DiComo of MLB.com. it sounds like the team will stick with that setup even without Harvey. Brett Pill or Rafael Montero are the most logical candidates to replace Harvey in the rotation. The Mets will likely move Harvey to the disabled list prior to Thursday's game against the Nationals or wait until Friday if they aren't able to get a minor-league player to Citi Field in time for the series opener.
Harvey said his arm felt tired and fatigued during his outing against the Cubs on Wednesday, David Lennon of Newsday reports.
Harvey was removed from Wednesday's game after tossing just 58 pitches, and this would explain why. "My arm was not working at all," the 28-year-old said after his outing, in which he allowed four runs on three homers in just four innings. His fastball velocity was also noticeably down, sitting in the high-80s and low-90s, which Harvey said was the slowest he's thrown since high school. He's scheduled to see a doctor Thursday, at which point more should be known about his condition.
A high pitch count forced Harvey out of the game early. He threw 68 of his 104 pitches for strikes, but the Braves battled him early and often and his inability to put hitters away early in the count cost him a longer outing. However, it was a nice bounce-back effort from his previous start against Pittsburgh, when he allowed six runs over four innings.
Harvey (4-3) allowed one run on six hits and two walks while striking out four over six innings in Sunday's win over the Pirates.
He threw 67 of 102 pitches for strikes, and while it wasn't the dominant Harvey of a few years ago it was still his first quality starts in his last six trips to the mound. The 28-year-old will try to build on that momentum in his next outing Friday at home in a rematch with Pittsburgh.
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