The Mets have officially moved Matt Harvey to the bullpen, as announced by manager Mickey Callaway this afternoon in Atlanta. He says Harvey will be available to pitch from there beginning on Tuesday.
Callaway added that Harvey is “kind of pissed” and motivated to show everyone that he is still capable of being a starting pitcher. But given the Mets’ extremely strong start to the season and Harvey’s struggles as a starter, it makes sense for the good of the team for the Mets to make this move right now.
It’s been a rough go of it for Harvey since he had surgery for Thoracic Outlet Syndrome. Last year, he threw just 92.2 innings and had a 6.70 ERA and 6.37 FIP, and through four starts this year, he’s thrown 21.0 innings with a 6.00 ERA and 4.71 FIP. All of those numbers are a major decline from what he had done in his career before having that surgery—even in 2015 as he returned from Tommy John surgery.