The Mets‘ pitching woes continue. Right-hander Matt Harvey will miss several weeks with a stress injury in his throwing shoulder, the team reported Thursday. This news comes a day after the Mets announced that ace Noah Syndergaard will not begin throwing for another four weeks. Syndergaard suffered a torn lat on April 30 against the Washington Nationals.
“My arm was just not working at all,” Harvey told ESPN after his rough outing last night against Chicago. “I think the last time I threw 87 [mph] with a fastball was probably freshman year of high school.”
The injury is just another turn in Harvey’s rollercoaster career. He broke out to have an all-star season in 2013, only to miss all of 2014 with Tommy John Surgery. He came back in 2015 to lead the Mets to the World Series, and missed most of 2016 with injury as well.
The Mets suspended Harvey for three games without pay earlier this season after he didn’t show up to a game against the Miami Marlins in early May. The Mets’ rotation was hyped up to be one of the best in baseball coming into 2017, but injuries have made it one of the worst. They are currently ranked 24th out of 30 teams with a 4.83 rotation ERA, and are now missing two key pieces to their powerful rotation.
The Mets go into today’s matchup with Washington with a 30-34 record, good enough for second in the NL East.