The New York Mets announced that starting pitcher Matt Harvey is visiting a "non-orthopedic doctor" for an undisclosed medical issue and will not make his next scheduled Grapefruit League start on Tuesday against the Miami Marlins. The injury is believed to be "non-baseball" related, but the team has already ruled him out for the remainder of Spring Training. Mets manager Terry Collins met with reporters on Monday about Harvey's expected return to the field and said it's "hard to say about Opening Day" when the Amazin's face the Kansas City Royals on April 4.
The injury issue has nothing to do with his throwing arm, but the Mets remain tight-lipped on the extent of the injury or a timetable for his return. There's an increased likelihood that Harvey will undergo further examination and tests back in New York to determine the best course of action for treating his ailment.
While Mets fans are pressing the panic button with their beloved pitcher in jeopardy of missing the season opener, general manager Sandy Alderson did little to calm their fears.
"It's way too premature for us to be discussing anything related to Opening Day," Alderson said. "I understand Opening Day is not too far away, but we're dealing with tomorrow, and we should know something more tomorrow -- or the next day. But right now he's not pitching tomorrow. That's kind of where the story ends."
While little to no information has been released regarding Harvey's condition, Alderson warned that fans should not jump off the deep-end just yet.
"If he had to have a wisdom tooth pulled, he wouldn't pitch tomorrow," Alderson said. "So let's not jump to conclusions here."
Harvey wasn't very ace-like throughout Spring Training posting a 6.30 ERA, which paled in comparison to last spring's ERA of 1.19. Two years removed from Tommy John Surgery, Met fans should take solace in the fact that the injury has nothing to do with his surgically repaired throwing arm, but will have to anxiously await Harvey's prognosis and status for the team's opening game.