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.
Minnesota’s Josh Donaldson managed to get ejected while hitting a home run.
Donaldson barked at plate umpire Dan Bellino for the second time in the sixth inning of a 4-3 loss to the Chicago White Sox on Thursday.
With the score 2-2, Bellino called a strike when the 2015 AL MVP checked his swing on a 2-0 pitch from Reynaldo Lopez.
Manager Rocco Baldelli came out to speak with Bellino, and Donaldson homered down the left-field line on the next offering. After rounding the bases, Donaldson kicked dirt at home plate as he crossed it.
Bellino ejected him immediately, and Donaldson, realizing he had missed home plate, returned to the plate to touch it and then argued as he kicked more dirt on it.
Donaldson also had argued with Bellino on a 1-1 breaking ball in the first inning that appeared to be high but was called a strike, leading to a strikeout.
“We need Josh on the field, out there playing, and at third base,” Baldelli said. “That’s when we’re at our best. And so that’s really the end of it. I think we can move past it at his point, and go from here.”