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.
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. – Reliever Colin Poche went to salary arbitration with the Tampa Bay Rays on Tuesday with the sides just $125,000 apart.
The gap between the $1.3 million the pitcher asked for and the $1,175,000 the team offered was the smallest among the 33 players who exchanged proposed arbitration figures last month. The case was heard by John Woods, Jeanne Vonhof and Walt De Treux, who will hold their decision until later this month.
A 29-year-old left-hander, Poche had Tommy John surgery on July 29, 2020, and returned to the major leagues last April 22 after six appearances at Triple-A Durham. Poche was 4-2 with a 3.99 ERA and seven saves in 65 relief appearances for the Rays. He struck out 64 and walked 22 in 58 2/3 innings.
Poche had a $707,800 salary last year.
Tampa Bay went to arbitration on Monday with reliever Ryan Thompson, whose decision also is being held until later this month. He asked for $1.2 million and the Rays argued for $1 million.
Rays right-hander Jason Adam and outfielder Harold Ramirez remain scheduled for hearings.
Players and teams have split four decisions thus far. All-Star pitcher Max Fried ($13.5 million) lost to Atlanta and reliever Diego Castillo ($2.95 million) was defeated by Seattle, while pitcher Jesus Luzardo ($2.45 million) and AL batting champion Luis Arraez ($6.1 million) both beat the Marlins.
A decision also is pending for Los Angeles Angels outfielder Hunter Renfroe.
Eighteen additional players are eligible for arbitration and hearings are scheduled through Feb. 17. Among the eligible players is Seattle utilityman Dylan Moore, who has a pending three-year contract worth $8,875,000.