Harvey, Walker to Miss Extended time
The Citi Field Curse is real. On June 15, it struck not once, but twice in the series against the Chicago Cubs. The New York Mets cannot seem to catch a break this season, especially now that both Matt Harvey and Neil Walker are both injured and out for “several weeks”.
The Curse victimized Harvey earlier this season, when he received a three-game suspension for not making it to the ballpark when he should have been there. Now, as reported on twitter by Ryan Field, the Mets have diagnosed Harvey with a stress injury to his right scapula. The scapula is the bone that connects the upper arm to the torso. As an injury to his throwing arm, Harvey cannot currently throw the ball. It appears that the Mets righty will take the non-surgical route to heal the arm, meaning injections of pain medication and immobilizing the arm to allow the bone to heal.
So far this season, Harvey is 4-3 in 13 starts, with an ERA of 5.25 and a WHIP of 1.450. He’s been a far cry from the Dark Knight that energized Queens last season.
BREAKING: Matt Harvey expected to miss several weeks after being diagnosed with a stress injury to his scapula bone in his right shoulder.
Meanwhile, Silver Slugger-winning second baseman Walker suffered a partially torn hamstring. The Mets estimate that Walker will miss several weeks as well while rehabbing this injury. This hurts the Mets offensive production, which will miss Walker’s slash line of .270/.350/.468, and his nine home runs and 13 doubles in 254 plate appearances this season.
The Mets recalled Gavin Cecchini from the Triple-A Las Vegas 51s. Cecchini owns a MiLB slash line of .249/.313/.349/.662 this season for the 51s. He did see a minimal amount of major league time last season, with six total at-bats.
The Mets have not announced the addition of a pitcher to an already-depleted major league rotation. Manager Terry Collins suggested that the squad will continue with a a six-man pitching rotation. General Manager Sandy Alderson said the team will work with the tools they currently have in the organization.
Terry Collins says the #Mets will stay with a 6-man rotation, but they haven’t decided who will take Harvey’s place just yet.
#Mets GM Sandy Alderson says the team is not seeking pitching help outside of the organization at this time.