Matt Harvey era with Mets comes to an end

Mets and Matt Harvey Part Ways

Mets and Matt Harvey Part Ways

With AP Photos.Matt Harvey has been formally designated for assignment by the New York Mets, who replaced him on the pitching staff by recalling reliever Hansel Robles from Triple-A Las Vegas. Last season, he was 5-7 with a career-worst 6.70 ERA, and missed 2 1/2 months with a stress fracture in his scapula.

"I could not imagine him accepting an assignment", Bruce said.

NY had hoped Harvey would be willing to work at the team's minor league complex in Florida in an effort to regain form. He was suspended for three days without pay in May for skipping a game following a late night on the town.

"The move to the bullpen was dramatic in itself", Alderson said.

Trying to resuscitate Harvey's career, the Mets moved Harvey from the starting rotation to the bullpen almost two weeks ago.

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Harvey broke into the Majors in 2012 and quickly became one of the league's top pitchers, earning the nickname the "Dark Knight" and gracing the cover of Sports Illustrated in 2013, when he was an all-star and finished fourth in Cy Young Award voting. In spite of the issues, I really like Matt.

"We thought from our evaluation in spring training that we could get him to where he wanted him to be and we didn't". He's a human being, and as I said before, he's a vulnerable, open human being and kind of leaves himself open for those of us who know and he semi-trusts at least.

Harvey returned in 2015, posting a 13-8 record with a 2.71 ERA and 188 strikeouts in 189 innings as the Mets won the National League pennant. He goes down as one of baseball's best pure hitters - often compared to Pete Rose - and will be the first Japanese player voted into the Hall of Fame. Harvey lost his spot in the rotation and struggled in the bullpen. Thoracic outlet syndrome affected Harvey's feel for pitching and location, he said, but added that Harvey is healthy and has enough velocity.

Harvey was relegated to the bullpen this year after struggling as a starter, and the Mets this week asked him to go to the minors to try to work out his problems. He relieved Jason Vargas with NY trailing 6-0 in the fifth inning and gave up Ozzie Albies' three-run homer in a five-run seventh.

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