Matt Harvey out at least 10 days after suffering glute strain
Matt Harvey was saying all the right things leading up to opening Spring Training with the Los Angeles Angeles, but those positive vibes were quickly squelched after the pitcher suffered an injury Wednesday that will sideline him at least 10 days.
Harvey, who signed a one-year, $11 million deal with the Angels, suffered a glute strain during agility drills, according to skipper Brad Ausmus.
Matt Harvey has a glute strain suffered during agility drills yesterday and will be sidelined for a week and a half, Brad Ausmus said. He still can be ready for opening day, Ausmus said. #Angels.— Jeff Fletcher (@JeffFletcherOCR) February 14, 2019
“You can recover from a week and a half,” Ausmus said. “It depends on how he feels when we re-evaluate him and how he feels and how quickly he can get back on the mound and what he’s done in the interim. He can recover from that.”
Harvey, 30, is attempting to resurrect a major-league career that showed incredible promise — if not more — during his tenure with the New York Mets. Such good feelings and optimism, however, quickly soured due to injuries and Harvey’s bad boy, off-the-mound persona.
The Mets reached a point of no return last season with Harvey after the team relegated him to the bullpen, something that not surprisingly upset the longtime starter. The Mets traded Cincinnati Reds in May, and between the two teams the right-hander posted a 7-9 record with a 4.94 ERA in 32 games, which included 28 starts.
Harvey, as noted, owned up to derailing his own career earlier this week.
“I was getting to the point that I was just doing more damage to myself and to what I wanted to accomplish,” Harvey told The Athletic.
“I was really just fighting against myself. It was me who was disappointed in what I was not able to bring to the team and to the city of New York at the time. It was me who was beating myself up. That was the tough part.”
This was not the first time Harvey has been critical of himself since his tenure with the Mets went quickly south, either.
While it’s certainly disappointing for Harvey to come up gimpy so early in spring training, 10 days is not overly long and he’ll have plenty of time to get back on track before the start of the season.