Mets RHP Matt Harvey snapped at reporters prior to Wednesday's game against the Cardinals in St. Louis.
He refused to speak after making his bullpen debut on Tuesday night. On Wednesday, he again refused to address his performance.
Harvey "laughed audibly" when approached, according to Anthony DiComo of MLB.com, adding "No chance. Zero chance" regarding whether he would comment on his bullpen debut.
After Harvey was asked why not, he said he had "nothing to say to you guys."
When a reporter asked why he didn't want to speak, Harvey said " I don't f***ing want to."
Harvey pitched the fifth and sixth innings and allowed one run in two innings of work on Tuesday night.
"He's manned up and he's gonna go do the job," Mets manager Mickey Callaway said of Harvey after the game.
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Come on, Matt. Really?
It's one thing to leave the clubhouse without speaking to reporters, which is unprofessional enough. It's quite another to curse at reporters the next day for continuing to try to do their job. That borders on absurd. And Harvey, who said he was pissed off as soon as he was informed of his move to the bullpen, is now being disruptive.
On Tuesday night, rookie catcher Tomas Nido had to answer questions about Harvey's performance -- not Harvey. Now, Harvey -- instead of simply keeping his mouth shut -- snapped and cursed at reporters for simply wanting him to discuss his performance. Ridiculous.
I've been in Harvey's corner all throughout his attempt to return to form after undergoing Thoracic Outlet surgery. And yes, people should empathize with what he's going through. He's not failing because of his ego. He's failing because of his health. But what Harvey did on Wednesday was unacceptable. And should be dealt with internally by Mets manager Mickey Callaway.
SNY's Andy Martino reported earlier this week that the Mets were open to trading Harvey if he rebuilds any value. At this point, it's fair to wonder if his departure from the Mets will come sooner rather than later -- whether it's a trade or otherwise.