Mets fans got a glimpse of the potential starting rotation this weekend but pitcher Matt Harvey — who is coming off of season ending surgery — raised a big question mark as he struggled in his first Spring Training game. The former All-star gave up four runs on four hits, including a three -run home run in 1.2 innings.
Harvey woke up Sunday with a stiff neck, which didn’t help, but was tough about it and said, “I am not going to make any excuses of how/why it did,” in regards to his neck. Harvey has had his share of surgeries, having Tommy John in 2013, and the most recent Thoracic Outlet Syndrome procedure last year is a cause of concern for the depth of their pitching staff.
It was also noted that his velocity on his fastball was lower that in previous seasons, sitting at 92 mph and topping out at 94 mph. The Mets have a little wiggle room but can’t afford too many injuries and inconsistencies in their rotation this year that cause starters to miss a significant amount of time. Harvey was 4-10 with a 4.86 ERA last year before having surgery. Harvey is getting the treatment he needs this week and should be ready to go on Friday against the Astros.