Something strange is happening in the Mets’ clubhouse. The team suspended right-hander Matt Harvey for three days without pay, citing a violation of “team rules.” The specific violations in question were not revealed by the Mets, who refused to disclose any details pertaining to the suspension after talking to reporters on Sunday.
The ban took effect on Saturday and will keep Harvey sidelined through Monday, causing him to miss a scheduled start on Sunday afternoon. The Mets shifted Noah Syndergaard to the 60-day disabled list to clear roster space for left-hander Adam Wilk, who will assume Harvey’s spot on the mound to close out the series against the Marlins.
According to comments made by manager Terry Collins, Harvey’s suspension was something the team had been bracing for since Saturday (via MLB.com’s Anthony DiComo). Mets’ outfielder Jay Bruce addressed the decision during pregame interviews, but could not reveal specific details, saying only that the team was pulling for Harvey’s quick return to the mound.
Rays catcher Wilson Ramos had to exit Monday night’s game against the Orioles in the fifth inning after suffering a head injury. Ruben Tejada broke his bat on a ground out and the barrel hit Ramos in his helmet. Rich Dubroff reports that Ramos needed six staples to close a laceration on his head.
Ramos will continue to be evaluated under MLB’s concussion protocol. He may wind up on the seven-day concussion disabled list.
Ramos, 29, entered Monday’s action batting .222/.259/.426 with three home runs and 11 RBI in 59 plate appearances. He was 0-for-2 before being replaced by Jesus Sucre.
Orioles third baseman Manny Machado and second baseman Jonathan Schoop teamed up to turn an impressive 5-4-3 double play in the bottom of the first inning of Monday night’s game against the Rays.
Steven Souza, Jr. led off the frame with a single. Corey Dickerson struck out, bringing Evan Longoria to the dish. Longoria sharply grounded a 1-2 fastball from Kevin Gausman to Machado, who showcased his strong arm with a perfect feed to Schoop at the second base bag despite his momentum taking him towards into territory. Schoop made an off-balance throw to first to complete the twin-killing.
The Orioles took the lead in the top of the third when Adam Jones hit a solo home run off of Ian Snell.