View single post by lobo316
 Posted: Sun Oct 1st, 2017 06:27 am
PM Quote Reply Full Topic

Joined: Sun Oct 14th, 2007
Location: Raptorville
Posts: 45085
Matt Harvey can't wait to put 2017 behind him.

Once considered the ace of the New York Mets' rotation, Harvey looked anything but this year in a disastrous campaign where he finished with a lofty 6.70 ERA in 18 starts and missed over two months due to a stress injury in his right shoulder.

Not only was his season derailed by poor health, the 28-year-old also found himself embroiled in controversy. In May, he failed to show up to a game at Citi Field one day after breaking a team curfew, earning himself a three-day suspension.

With all that has gone wrong this season, Harvey is at least taking solace in the fact that it's now over.

"It's been a continuous struggle all year," Harvey said after his last scheduled start of the season Friday, per The Record's Matt Ehalt. "I don't think the shoulder is quite back to full strength. The positive is this nightmare of a season is over for me."

In a silver lining for the "Dark Knight," Harvey knows he will likely pitch in Queens, N.Y. again in 2018. Mets general manager Sandy Alderson admitted earlier this month that the club plans to tender the starter a contract for next season. That peace of mind will allow Harvey to recover properly in the hopes of regaining his now-distant All-Star form.

"I can look forward to a normal offseason, being healthy finally and being able to strengthen the shoulder back up and get into a long-toss program and really try to get the strength back," Harvey said. "Really try to flush this all out, and really start fresh with a productive offseason."