Mets starter Matt Harvey addressed his teammates in the clubhouse on Tuesday for 10-15 minutes, Newsday’s Marc Carig reports. According to Carig, Harvey was on the verge of tears and his address was taken as genuine and heartfelt. Harvey “basically rehashed it all,” taking responsibility for his teammates.
Harvey also addressed the situation in a press conference on Tuesday afternoon. Per ESPN, Harvey said, “Yes, I was out on Friday night, past curfew. I did play golf Saturday morning and I put myself in a bad place to be ready to show up for a ballgame. It is my responsibility and I take full blame for that.”
Harvey added, “I’m looking forward to getting everything back on track and helping this organization moving forward. They have my word on that.”
The Harvey saga has been at the forefront of the baseball news cycle since the weekend. Harvey no-showed at Citi Field on Saturday, saying that he came down with the worst headache of his life. After Harvey texted pitching coach Dan Warthen that he wouldn’t make it to the ballpark, the Mets sent security personnel to Harvey’s apartment in Manhattan to see if his story checked out. Because he missed the 3 PM notice deadline to take a sick day and because Harvey had other lateness infractions, the team decided to suspend him without pay for three games. Harvey felt that the team was singling him out. Manager Terry Collins and Harvey’s teammates didn’t exactly endorse him when asked by the media on Monday.
Hopefully, Harvey has done enough to nip the situation in the bud so he and the Mets can get back to focusing on not using the 10-day disabled list.