Mets fans can exhale a big sigh of relief, as their ace Matt Harvey will be able to take the mound on Opening Day.
News swirled around the hurler yesterday after he was scratched from his last Spring Training start due to a “non-baseball issue.” This undisclosed injury has now come out as a blood clot in Harvey’s bladder due to a bladder infection.
“It wasn’t a great first day after my 27th birthday,” Harvey said after returning to Mets camp. “But we cleared that. And then we had a little procedure done this morning just to go in and check the bladder and everything was clear.”
Harvey will take part in “minor activities” today to regain his composure, and will most likely be cleared to pitch a few innings against the Nationals tomorrow to be fully ready for his Opening Day start.
This instance is yet another Harvey headline that adds to the pitcher’s Spring Training troubles. Amazin Clubhouse’s, Justin Witmondt, recently highlighted Harvey’s struggles in Florida. His last start against the Houston Astros didn’t showcase the Dark Knight fans know and love as he allowed six runs on seven hits in a short three innings.
Harvey’s stat line is now 1-1 with a 6.30 ERA and 1.90 WHIP in only 10 innings.
In his defense, Spring Training serves to work out the kinks, and he did tell Hannah Storm of ESPN he felt “out of whack mechanically,” so this next start against the Washington Nationals will hopefully show a more fluid and dominant Harvey.
Harvey will hopefully work out the kinks and put the media spotlight on the back burner when he takes the ball Sunday for the World Series rematch against the Kansas City Royals at Kauffman Stadium.