Matt Harvey will be moving to the bullpen, according to Mickey Callaway.
With Jason Vargas' return from the DL imminent, Callaway was faced with a decision on who to drop from the starting rotation. Harvey, after giving up six runs in six innings against the Braves on Thursday night, will be moving to the bullpen.
"I need to get my s--t together," Harvey said before the Mets' game against the Braves on Saturday night.
"On a scale of 1-10, obviously I'm at a 10 with being pissed off," Harvey said. "But my performance hasn't been there, I just have to do whatever I have to do to get back into the starting rotation."
Harvey acknowledges that he'll need to improve and is looking forward to 'dominating' once he's back in the rotation.
"The best thing I can do is go to the bullpen, get my stuff ready and ultimately get back in the rotation and be where I know I can be," Harvey said. "I can best help this team as a starter. Right now I need to work on it, that's in the bullpen. Get things going, then come back and dominate like I have in the past."
Mets manager Mickey Callaway said it was a "big decision" to send Harvey to the bullpen and noted that he will work with pitching coach Dave Eiland in an effort to help Harvey bounce back.
"Matt Harvey has pitched some meaningful games for the Mets in his career and he's done some special things and I knew it wasn't going to be the most comfortable conversation. It's a tough message, but it sounds like he is going to embrace it and go out there and get the job done."
This season, Harvey has a 6.00 ERA after four starts (21 innings) as well as a 4.72 FIP and 1.42 WHIP. He has 17 strikeouts and four walks.
Vargas will join Noah Syndergaard, Jacob deGrom, Steven Matz and Zack Wheeler in the rotation.
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Harvey to the bullpen at this moment isn't shocking, but I thought he'd get at least one more start to prevent this fate from befalling him.
For Harvey, who insisted after his last start that he was a "starting pitcher," this is quite the fall from grace. But maybe it's what he needs to fully reinvent himself after Thoracic Outlet surgery sapped him of his velocity two years ago.
Callaway and Mets pitching coach Dave Eiland said earlier this week that they had confidence in being able to help a pitcher who needs to transition to the bullpen. Hopefully, Harvey lets them help him while embracing his new role.
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Matt Harvey lost his rotation job because of Thursday's ineffective start against the Braves. Of that there is no doubt. Prior to that game, the team was evaluating its rotation plans, but leaning toward keeping Harvey in the rotation over a resurgent Zack Wheeler.
But when the Braves tagged Harvey for six early runs, the equation quickly began to change. The new coaching staff had grown wary of his explanations, and spent much of Friday discussing with the front office how to move forward. They ultimately came down on the side of tough love -- or maybe just tough you-know-what.
Now Harvey, in his walk year, faces an uncertain future with the Mets. If he is unable to accept and adapt to his new role, the next question will be if he'll finish the year with the team.