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Matt Harvey's time in NY comes to merciful end

The New York Mets are planning to designate Matt Harvey for assignment on Saturday after the right-hander declined to be optioned to the minor leagues on Friday.

"I can't get inside Matt's decision", Alderson said. NY has seven days to trade or release Harvey.

Added Callaway, who vouched for Harvey and had wanted the Mets to keep him in the offseason to help him improve: "We feel like we failed Matt Harvey". He now holds a 0-2 record with a 7.00 ERA, only striking out 20 batters in 27 innings. It's something we tried to address, we struggled with, and we wrestled with over two managerial regimes.

The long and turbulent marriage between Matt Harvey and the New York Mets has finally ended.

After showing promise in spring training, Eiland said Harvey's arm got stiffer and "his stuff went backward" as the season progressed.

"It's the end of an era", Mets general manager Sandy Alderson said before Friday night's game against Colorado. Harvey lost his spot in the rotation and struggled in the bullpen.

"We have a lot of clay to work with to build the starter sculpture", Boras said.

Harvey gave up three hits, three walks and five earned runs to the Atlanta Braves. I think at this point, pragmatism and realism far outweighed other considerations. But Harvey's comeback will have to take place somewhere other than Citi Field. As a player with five years of major league service, he can not be assigned to the minor leagues without his consent. "I think our job is to help every player, and it's not a good feeling when you can't".

If C.C. Sabathia can be successful at his age with softer soft, there's no reason Matt Harvey can't be. Shoulder issues brought an early end to his 2016 season and he hasn't been the same pitcher since. And regardless of how and why things are ending the way they are, Harvey played a big part in the dramatic and wild World Series run in 2015, all of which I will never forget. Last season, he was 5-7 with a career-worst 6.70 ERA, and missed 2 1/2 months with a stress fracture in his scapula. He started the All-Star Game at Citi Field in 2013 and was 9-5 with a 2.27 ERA when he tore an elbow ligament during a game against Detroit that Aug.24, which led to Tommy John surgery.

Harvey returned in 2015, posting a 13-8 record with a 2.71 ERA and 188 strikeouts in 189 innings as the Mets won the National League pennant. He drew a three-game suspension last season after he failed to show up for a game. He started the All-Star Game for the Mets in front of the home fans at Citi Field and it looked as if he'd be the next ace to rule over NY. "So I guess the short answer is no".

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