As previously reported New York Mets ace Matt Harvey had to leave the game due to lower back tightness, in the seventh inning of his start against the Miami Marlins last night. The Mets would go on to lose the game in a long and drawn out fashion. The game lasted 20 innings before the Marlins won by a score of 2-1.
Matt Harvey was off to another strong start in the game, allowing only six hits and one earned run in seven innings of work while striking out six.
The Mets have dodged a major scare to their season’s hopes. If Matt Harvey would have been forced to miss any significant time as a result of this injury, the Mets would have been in trouble. He has looked dominant to this point in the season, boasting a perfect record of 5-0, and posting an impressive 2.11 ERA. He already has 95 strikeouts so far this year.
The New York Mets have struggled so far this season with just a 22-33 record on the season, proof that this team would not be able to tread water without their star pitcher. If they hope to come back from this hole they have dug themselves and compete in the National League they need their ace to be healthy and able to keep racking up wins for the club.
The Mets lost their ace Harvey after he hit a single in their half of the seventh inning and gingerly ran to first base. He attempted to warm up for the eight inning but was unable to take the mound. A mass meeting at the mound that included the team trainer, manager Terry Collins, as well as the entire Mets’ infield, he finally surrendered the ball to reliever Brandon Lyon.
Harvey’s record will remain unblemished on the season as he will record his eighth no decision in his last nine starts as a result of leaving the game in a 1-1 tie.
Reports today are that Harvey will not miss time due to his lower back injury. He reportedly woke up today feeling fine, giving the following statement to ESPN “Everything is fine. I woke up today. Felt good. They told me my start date is Thursday. So I’m ready to go.”
A chiropractic procedure in the locker room seemed to have the designated effect of popping his back into place once again and relieving the pain he was experiencing that forced him to leave the game.
Matt Harvey has apparently experienced this injury off and on throughout his career, going back to his college days at North Carolina. Also in the ESPN interview he revealed that “in college it happened a couple of times. It hasn’t happened since then. It was a quick thing. Once it was realigned, it was back to normal.”
Perhaps the only bright spot that the Mets can take away from a disappointing loss in a 20 inning marathon like game was that their ace Matt Harvey will not miss any time due to the injury he suffered. The lower back tightness is already gone, and Harvey appears ready to make his next schedule start and provide another quality pitching performance for his team.
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