Just a few weeks after being moved to the bullpen by the New York Mets, Matt Harvey is close to joining another team. He underwent Tommy John surgery after that season, but returned in 2015 and won the NL comeback player of the year after going 13-8 with a 2.71 ERA. It's been more of the same this season, and in 27 innings he has thrown to an ugly 7.00 ERA. The following season, he went 9-5 with a 2.27 ERA, as giddy Mets fans celebrated each of his starts like a holiday, called "Harvey Day". Someone will take a shot on him, either via trade or after he clears waivers and is released. Before that, he virtually owned baseball in New York City, earning the "Dark Knight" nickname as he rose to fame as the best pitcher in the city and because of a celebrity status that often landed him in tabloid headlines and behavior that put him at odds with his team. He is getting too old to be considered a prospect, so this would be the ideal time to give him a longer look in the big league rotation. It worked at the time, as he pitched to a 3.04 ERA in four starts throughout their World Series run, but he has not been the same since. Harvey is on a short list with Chris Carpenter, Shaun Marcum and Jaime Garcia among pitchers who've had an elbow reconstruction and thoracic outlet syndrome over the past decade.
"We feel like we failed Matt Harvey", Callaway said, referring to himself and pitching coach Dave Eiland.
Wherever Harvey goes from here, he won't find a much better support system than he had in NY with pitching coach Dave Eiland and manager Mickey Callaway, who had so much success with Corey Kluber, Carlos Carrasco, Trevor Bauer and others in his previous tenure with the Cleveland Indians.
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The Yankees remain confident they will have options to go to in the minor leagues at some point this season, whether it's Justus Sheffield, who was just promoted to Triple-A, or Sunday's scheduled starter, Domingo German, among others. "We feel our job is to help every player in there and it's not a good feeling when you don't".
Earlier this year, when the Mets were playing in San Diego, Harvey was partying in Los Angeles the night before a game.
Last season, Harvey was suspended for three games after he did not show up for a game at Citi Field.