An unnamed source has stated that there was a mix up with the ball club & the pitcher. It seems Harvey had played a round of golf Saturday morning & then went home suffering from an apparent migraine. The Mets say Harvey violated team rules & his no show at Saturdays night game, as well as other possible issues, stemming from as far back as last year, led to the three day suspension.
Harvey had been struggling on the mound in 2017, after a losing record last year. Many fans & media were already getting frustrated with him & this certainly will not help. Matt now needs to step up, shut up & pitch like he has done in what now seems like a long time ago. Sources say he's already filed a grievance.
Quotes- Manager Terry Collins: "There are things that go on that you deal with every day that make the job difficult, but you know it comes with the territory. This is one of those. … In order to control things, you've sometimes got to make tough decisions.
“The game is about the game itself and when you take away that preparation and that factor that these guys have been playing very, very well and all of a sudden there is something thrown in the mix that no one in that room has any control over, yeah, it takes a little steam away. I don’t think there’s any doubt all of a sudden there was something that guys lost that focus a little bit. It certainly didn’t help us.”
"This was a team thing, and therefore it's going to remain with the team. I think they're all behind us. They're all behind the decision. In the long conversations I've had afterward, they said we've got to move forward and we've got to move forward fast."
Jose Reyes: "We have to understand we're employees. We have to come do the job every day. We're counting on him. He's a big piece of the ball club and where we need to go. It's kind of disappointing because we feel like we stand together as a team. The team puts rules in Spring Training and everybody in here knows what the rules are. When you miss that, that's not acceptable."