Matt Harvey has been suspended for three days without pay for violating club rules, Sandy Alderson announced Sunday. Harvey will not start Sunday, as scheduled. Alderson did not take questions and did not say what Harvey was suspended for.
Adam Wilk will start in Harvey’s place.
The team clarified that the suspension began on May 6.
“To be honest there was some moves made last night because we felt this might occur, that we had to protect our pitching staff a little bit,” manager Terry Collins said.
Collins also wouldn’t say exactly what caused the suspension.
“There’s things with this job that certainly are internal that the public can’t see, and how hard it is, and this one’s a tough one,” Collins said. “So we hope to put it behind us and move forward.”
“In order to be able to control things you’ve got to sometimes make tough decisions, and this is one of them,” the manager added.
Because the suspension is for three days and began on Saturday, Harvey would be eligible to return to the mound as early as Tuesday — just two games after his regularly scheduled start. Though Collins didn’t say when Harvey would pitch next, if it were on Tuesday or Wednesday it would give the team an easy option to skip Rafael Montero on Wednesday.
Asked if he was going to hold a team meeting and tell his players to “grow the hell up,” Collins said, “I’ll probably phrase it just a hair different than that.”
But the manager did hold a meeting with the players immediately after speaking with the media. When the players spoke to the media after that, Curtis Granderson said he had only just found out about the suspension a few minutes prior.
“Anytime you get a chance to not have somebody with you, it’s not the way you want it to be, regardless of what the reason is why the person isn’t with you,” Granderson said.
“I don’t know if I’d use the word frustrating,” Jay Bruce added. “Obviously there are team policies and when those aren’t followed, action has to be taken. I don’t know any of the details, I just know that Matt’s not here today, he’s going to miss a few days.”
Granderson said he has not spoken to Harvey since learning of the suspension.
Harvey’s conduct previously came under scrutiny during the 2015 playoffs, when he missed a mandatory team workout after being spotted out boozing the night before.
Wilk was not on the 40-man roster, so the Mets will have to make a corresponding move to make space for him.