In an effort to limit his innings, the Mets will skip Matt Harvey’s start on Sunday, Mike Puma of the New York Post reports. Logan Verrett will start against the Rockies at Coors Field instead. The Mets will also soon skip Noah Syndergaard’s start as well, ESPN’s Adam Rubin reports.
Harvey, in his first season since undergoing Tommy John surgery, has accrued 154 innings, posting a 2.57 ERA with a 141/32 K/BB ratio. The 26-year-old has been nearly unbeatable this summer, owning a 1.45 ERA in his last 11 starts dating back to June 16.
Syndergaard, 22, has a 3.17 ERA with a 117/26 K/BB ratio in 110 2/3 innings. He threw 29 2/3 innings with Triple-A Las Vegas as well, prior to his promotion to the majors in May.
Free agent right-hander Henderson Alvarez signed a deal with the Tigres de Quintana Roo of the Mexican Baseball League earlier this week, FanRag Sports’ Jon Heyman reported Friday. The righty wasn’t necessarily too fringey a player to hack it in the big leagues, but there were no MLB takers in attendance during his showcase in Venezuela last month and he clearly felt it best to try his luck elsewhere.
The 27-year-old’s last major league gig came with the Phillies, for whom he delivered a 4.30 ERA, 6.8 BB/9 and 3.7 SO/9 over 14 2/3 innings in 2017. While he’s not too far removed from his first and only All-Star bid in 2014, he was besieged by shoulder issues in 2015 and 2016 and underwent season-ending surgeries as a result.
That added injury risk, coupled with the fact that he hasn’t pitched more than 22 innings in a single season since 2014, may have been too much for major league teams to take on this spring. Assuming he steers clear of further injuries, however, a return to the majors may not be entirely out of the question in years to come.