The Mets announced Sunday morning that Matt Harvey would be suspended for three days without pay for violating team rules.
Sandy Alderson would not say exactly what rules he violated. Neither would Terry Collins.
“There’s things with this job that certainly are internal that the public can’t see, and how hard it is, and this one’s a tough one,” Collins said according to the Daily News. “So we hope to put it behind us and move forward.”
Harvey was supposed to start on Sunday. Instead, a person named Adam Wilk will take the mound.
“To be honest there was some moves made last night because we felt this might occur, that we had to protect our pitching staff a little bit,” Collins said.
The team learned of the suspension moments before the announcement.
“I don’t know if I’d use the word frustrating,” Jay Bruce added. “Obviously there are team policies and when those aren’t followed, action has to be taken. I don’t know any of the details, I just know that Matt’s not here today, he’s going to miss a few days.”
Matt Harvey has gained a reputation as something of a prima donna, and this obviously will not help. He seemed to be keeping a lower profile since his injury last year, but obviously something happened for the Mets to take this drastic action.
In any case, it is just another blow, albeit a temporary one, to a season that appears to be rapidly falling apart, despite the Mets winning their last three games.