Published: Tue, April 24, 2018
Sport | By Floyd Cook

Mets' Matt Harvey Not Guaranteed Another Start, Says Mickey Callaway

Mets' Matt Harvey Not Guaranteed Another Start, Says Mickey Callaway

After being pulled from the game, Mets manager Terry Collins said of Harvey that "He came in the training room afterward and said, 'My shoulder is dead". Harvey's fastball in 2018 is barely sitting at 93 miles per hour.

The relationship between the 29-year-old and his franchise has been a testy one over the years whether it's been because of disputes on the process of recoveries from injury or Harvey's actions off the baseball field. Harvey's changeup, slider and curveball have all dipped on the radar gun and it has been showing in his latest outings.

"Honestly, one of the reasons we brought in Mickey [Callaway] and Dave Eiland were for their knowledge and expertise in this area, and we have a lot of faith and confidence in what they're able to do", Mets assistant general manager John Ricco said Saturday, before the Mets continued their series with the Braves at SunTrust Park.

Matt Harvey has had a bad and injury-filled couple of years. But can you blame Callaway in this situation? But the Mets could not ignore the numbers - 0-2, with a 6.00 ERA. I've always been a starting pitcher.

But while he was adamant Thursday night about wanting to remain a starter, Harvey has accepted a bullpen role.

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The Mets opened a 10-game trip with their first loss away from home this season.

With an off day Monday, if Jason Vargas is indeed ready to return April 27 or 28, the Mets could skip Harvey (or make whatever decision they want to make) next time through the rotation.

Both teams have gotten off to better than expected starts this season. The only question now that remains is for how long will Harvey be a bullpen arm? The former All-Star also struggled last season with a 6.70 ERA in 19 appearances. It's the second double-digit strikeout game of the year for the right-hander, and we're going to guess it's not the last. Either when the Mets are getting blown out or are blowing out their opposing team.

Harvey is not the first pitcher to be moved to the bullpen after a string of inconsistent performances as a starter.

Harvey will be available in relief starting Tuesday. With the process working for the both of them, Callaway is more than confident innings out of the bullpen will work for Harvey as well. Given contract guidelines, mainly because he's got more than five decades at the major leagues, Harvey would have needed to approve a demotion, anyway.

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