The New York Mets supposedly wanted to keep the details of Matt Harvey’s three-game suspension in-house, but the story continues to unfold publicly. Shortly after we learned the Mets sent security to check on Harvey at his apartment Sunday after he didn’t show up to the park, the New York Post reports Harvey was out drinking until 4 a.m. Saturday morning.
The Post’s gossip column (Page Six) spilled the details according to its sources in suggesting Harvey was enjoying a festive and booze-infested Cinco De Mayo into the early morning hours;
Harvey — who makes $5.1 million and is 2-2 with a 5.14 ERA this season — rolled up on the velvet rope club “with his boys” at about 1 a.m. and settled into a private table, the sources said.
The star pitcher threw back a triple play of top-shelf booze, including Armand de Brignac “Ace of Spades” Champagne, Don Julio 1942 tequila and Belvedere vodka, witnesses said.
Harvey and his entourage kept to themselves until leaving the West 17th Street club, sources said.
Harvey claimed to be golfing Saturday morning and called the team about a migraine later in the day to explain his absence from the clubhouse. So right now we have two different stories regarding the explanation for Harvey’s absence on Saturday. It is unconfirmed if Harvey was out golfing hours after his alleged late night on the town with buddies, but if the New York Post story has any legitimacy behind it, then it makes sense why the Mets would have sent security staff to go check on their starting pitcher.
Harvey’s suspension is officially over Tuesday, but the drama surrounding this situation will not be going anywhere. And things may be about to get even dicier as Harvey returns to the team. Will he be accepted by his teammates? As mentioned yesterday, Mets manager Terry Collins didn’t seem too sure what the temperature in the Mets clubhouse will be for Harvey.
Asked if Matt Harvey's teammates respect him, Terry Collins said, "I can't answer that. I don't know." Didn't want to speak for whole team.
— Jared Diamond (@jareddiamond) May 8, 2017
This whole thing is not a good look for Harvey, regardless of the reason behind his absence. This is also not the story you want looming above your head at a time when your future is starting to come into question.