Just when ya thought things were starting to look up for the Mets, the events of Thursday night happened. Matt Harvey will be sidelined for "several weeks"with a stress injury to the scapula bone in his right shoulder.
This is the latest setback for Harvey who has already undergone Tommy John Surgery and Thoracic Outlet Syndrome the last two seasons. According to reports Harvey's velocity was way down, averaging only 91.8 mph on his fastball in the Mets 9-4 win over the Cubs. Harvey lasted only four innings in that game.
Harvey was even quoted as saying he hasn't thrown 87 mph with a fastball since he was in high school.
This is a huge setback for a pitcher who is starting to turn an injury prone career. Once a budding superstar, Harvey's career has come crashing to earth. Last season, Harvey was lost for the year with the Thoracic Outlet injury in his shoulder, after pitching in only 17 games. Before being disabled he was putting together the worst year of his career, posting a 4-10 record with an ERA 4.86.
This season, Harvey hasn't come close to recapturing the former stud he once was in 2013. He has been woeful all season, pitching to an ERA that has been over five. This latest injury doesn't explain the issues on the hill, but it certainly doesn't help.
On top of that Harvey has had his share of issues with the Mets front office. Most recently with the all-nighter he pulled the night before a ball game. At the time, reports were that Harvey was out golfing, which he confirmed, just hours before the ball game. After a night of partying and a morning of golfing, Harvey didn't show up to Citi Field. He was suspended three games for his actions.
One has to seriously wonder, what this guy has left in his Mets career.
On top of that bad news, the Mets got word that second baseman Neil Walker will be out for a very long time after suffering a partially torn hamstring. Hamstring injuries can be very tricky. The Mets say it will take 2-3 weeks of rehab in addition to more time to rest the muscle. In short he could be out a couple months -- considering coming back early from such an injury could do even more damage.
Later, the Mets learned that ace, Noah Syndergaard, out since May 1 with a lat muscle injury won't be able to throw for four weeks. Syndergaard has been working out with a trainer to get his strength back, but still hasn't picked up a baseball. This would likely mean his chances to return this year get slimmer.
Finally, (there is always a final injury) Juan Lagares hit the self after breaking his thumb while trying to make a diving catch in the outfield. No word on how long he will be out.
And so go the walking wounded of the New York Mets.