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.
The Royals have acquired outfielder Brian Goodwin from the Nationals, the teams announced Sunday. The Nationals received minor league right-handed reliever Jacob Condra-Bogan in the deal.
Goodwin, 27, was working through his third campaign with the Nationals in 2018. He saw limited playing time in the outfield (mostly due to the trifecta of talent the club already had in Bryce Harper, Adam Eaton, and Juan Soto), and finished the first half of the season with a .200/.321/.354 batting line, three home runs, three stolen bases and a .674 OPS in just 79 plate appearances. The Royals, who appear thin on compelling center field options at the moment, are expected to utilize him on a more frequent basis once he’s added to the active roster.
The 23-year-old Condra-Bogan has yet to break into the majors with any team so far. He got his start in pro ball in 2017 with the independent Washington WildThings of the Frontier League and issued three runs, three walks and 15 strikeouts over 15 1/3 innings before signing on with the Royals as a free agent. This season, he pitched to an impressive 2.08 ERA, 0.7 BB/9 and 13.5 SO/9 through 26 innings in Single-A Lexington before getting transferred to High-A Wilmington for a single appearance. The Nationals have not announced where he’ll be assigned for the remainder of 2018.