The Matt Harvey era in New York ended last year when the Mets traded the former ace to the Reds, and the right-hander is now attempting to revive his once-promising career with the Angels.
But after all of the off-field issues, the surgery to fix his thoracic outlet syndrome and his inability to regain his All-Star form in Flushing leaves lingering regret within Harvey.
"I was getting to the point that I was just doing more damage to myself and to what I wanted to accomplish," Harvey said at Angels camp Wednesday, according to The Athletic. "I was really just fighting against myself. It was me who was disappointed in what I was not able to bring to the team and to the city of New York at the time. It was me who was beating myself up. That was the tough part."
In the 2016 season which was shortened by the TOS surgery, Harvey had a 4-10 record with a 4.86 ERA in 17 starts. He then went 5-7 with a 6.70 ERA in 19 appearances (18 starts) in 2017. He was moved from the starting rotation to the bullpen after a poor start to the 2018 season before he was designated for assignment and subsequently traded to Cincinnat, where he pitched to a 4.50 ERA in 24 starts.
The days of fans screaming Harvey's name at the top of their lungs during the 2015 World Series seem so far gone. Now he's with the team that originally drafted him in 2007 before he decided to play at Univeristy of North Carolina. With his 30th birthday just more than a month away, Harvey hopes he can stay healthy and find success once again.
"That's part of the spark and fire you can light and re-light," Harvey said. "It's about going out and performing. You can always want to get back to where I was before or pitching in the World Series, but you have to go out and do it. You can think it, but you have to go do it."