Mets starter Matt Harvey was suspended by his team on Sunday for three games without pay. It’s not clear exactly why he was suspended, but the suspicion is that it’s related to the fact that he no-showed at Citi Field on Saturday. Harvey has also reportedly had some other incidents that left the Mets’ brass unhappy, which may have contributed to his punishment.
According to Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports, Harvey plans to file a grievance against the Mets over the unpaid suspension. Harvey contends that his no-show was due to a miscommunication. Per Heyman, Harvey played a round of golf on Saturday, then suffered a headache when he returned home and told the team of his condition.
Adam Wilk started in Harvey’s place on Sunday. He was hit hard, giving up six runs in 3 2/3 innings as the Mets lost 7-0 to the Marlins.
The Yankees signed Adam Lind to a minor league deal this past offseason. Then they released him during spring training. Now they have signed him to another minor league deal. He’ll report to extended spring training where he’ll now try not to get extended released.
Lind is a platoon guy with little defensive value, but he hit .303/.362/.513 with 14 home runs and 59 RBI in 301 plate appearances for the Nationals last season, serving as a pinch-hitter and backup first baseman and outfielder. The injury to Greg Bird and the impending suspension of Tyler Austin — he’s currently on appeal — will likely give him at least some opportunity to show that he’s still a big leaguer.
Which, yeah, he probably still is. Or at least would be if teams didn’t have 13 and 14-man pitching staffs and actually had room for a couple of bench position players. Such is not the current game of baseball, however.