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Matthew Edward Harvey is an American professional baseball pitcher for the New York Mets of Major League Baseball (MLB).
Harvey formerly dipped into Fitch Senior High School in Groton, Connecticut. After being drafted in the third round of the 2007 MLB draft by the Los Angeles Angels, he was drafted again in the 2010 MLB draft by the Mets as the seventh overall pick. In his major league debut on July 26, 2012, versus the Arizona Diamondbacks, Harvey set a brand-new club record with 11 strikeouts while earning his first career victory. Harvey had a breakout season in 2013, being picked to play in his first Major League Baseball All-Star Game. Harvey then missed the entire 2014 season due to Tommy John surgical treatment but went back to top form in 2015, leading the Mets to the pennant. His career has actually since been derailed by numerous injuries and ineffectiveness, consisting of thoracic outlet syndrome and a tension fracture in the scapula.
After a 2013 publication cover compared him to Batman, Harvey and his fans have actually embraced “The Dark Knight” as his label.
Harvey was selected as the seventh overall pick by the New York Mets in the 2010 Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft. Harvey was noted at 6′ 4″ and 210 pounds, batting and throwing right-handed.
After making the Mets’ Opening Day lineup in 2016, Harvey lost his first 2 starts of the 2016 season. During his first start on Opening Day against the reigning World Series champions, the Kansas City Royals he allowed 4 runs (3 earned) and did not seem his common self, earning a few amount of strikeouts and surrendering a big amount of hits. After observing Harvey pitch, it appeared that his normal velocity and command had disappeared while striking out couple of batters. Throughout the beginning of the season, Harvey seemed to be improving minimally and inconsistently. However, Harvey had a few quality starts, including one where he went 7 total innings while striking out 7 against the Chicago White Sox, and one versus the San Diego Padres where Harvey struck out a season high 10 and gave up only 2 runs throughout 6 innings. Nevertheless Harvey was not pitching as effectively as he was his previous season. Mets pitching coach Dan Warthen said early in the season that Harvey had actually been having problem with a mechanical problem with his slider during his first two starts.
Throughout the 2016 season it was thought Harvey was struggling mechanically. However, on June 15, he was put on the 15-day disabled list with shoulder discomfort. Harvey later on decided to have season-ending surgical treatment to solve a condition called thoracic outlet syndrome. Matt Harvey commented on his season-ending surgery, “I’m dissatisfied in the way I pitched, and hope this remedies me and we return on track.” Harvey ended the 2016 season with a 4-10 record and a 4.86 ERA in 17 starts. Harvey was the recipient of the 2016 Lou Gehrig Memorial Award.
Coming back from surgical treatment to remedy his thoracic outlet syndrome, Harvey started the 2017 season 2-0 with a 2.84 ERA in his first four starts. His struggles from 2016 then began to carry over to 2017, as he pitched poorly in the months of May and June. On May 7, 2017, Harvey was suspended for 3 games for violating team rules. It was later on revealed that Harvey did not show up to Citi Field the day in the past and was presumed to have actually been out late during the night partying. Mets authorities were sent out over to Harvey’s home to look at his welfare. On June 15, 2017, Harvey was put on the disabled list with a tension fracture in his scapula that needed surgery as he was ruled out for 6-8 weeks. Prior to the injury, Harvey was 4-3 with a 5.25 ERA in 13 starts.