ATLANTA – Mickey Callaway said he had made no decision on the future of Matt Harvey, but on Friday afternoon it sounded like the Mets manager was putting the one-off ace in the bullpen. On Friday afternoon, Callaway brought his and Mets Pitching Coach Dave Eiland's experience to Starters working on their Bullpen problems and coming back as better starters.
First, however, Callaway confirms that after the Braves rocked by the night before, Harvey had stubbornly said, "I'm a pitcher."
But Callaway quickly became a potentially new and perhaps temporary role for Harvey.
"I think he made that pretty clear, he said he wanted it to be, I think everyone wants to start, I think what we're trying for is the best for the team and for the players," Callaway said Harvey & # 39; s pretty emotional explanation. "Dave and I both have experiences with starters who did not have the best success at the time, put them in the stable and brought them back and really made them elite."
"I saw (Carlos) Carrasco, (Danny) Salazar and (Trevor) Bauer, all three, Callaway said (Eiland) saw it with Danny Duffy coming back and making 1
"Guys Must Be Ready to Be Assisted."
This will be one of Callaway's first major tests as a rookie manager.
Leased for his ability to work with pitchers and his ability to work with Callaway and Eiland talked about accountability and outcomes when they decided to give Zack Wheeler a miserable assessment at the end of the spring training session and it worked well. Harvey, now 0-2 with a 6.00 ERA, would be left alone by the numbers, but nothing was ever easy on the way the Mets dealt with him. His status as a former ace of the team has prevented the Mets from taking drastic steps with him in the past and some voices in the organization are worrying about it.
After Harvey stubbornly reacted to the possibility of being transferred to the bullpen "It's a starting pitcher," Callaway obviously will not find it easy to sell him a change.
While Callaway said Harvey had not been part of the Mets discussions about his future, Eiland said she would have done it very clearly with him where he stands. Thursday night, after being hit hard and having given up six runs in the first 2.1 innings, this was apparently about to be kicked out of the Mets rotation when Jason Vargas is ready to return from his stint on the disabled list. While Harvey has an option, he has the right to refuse an assignment to the smaller leagues because of his service.
Callaway said all options are on the table, including other throwers like Wheeler and Steven Matz. 19659015] Matt Harvey "src =" http://assets.nydailynews.com/polopoly_fs/1.3946331.1524268831!/img/httpImage/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/article_750/ackertearlycol21s-web.jpg "/> (John Bazemore / AP)
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"I think we look at everything, stuff and effectiveness. We look at who can best handle a bullpen roll. Can it make sense for someone to go to Triple-A and pick to add depth? "Callaway said." There are tons of things we are considering. We're trying to leave no stone unturned. "
Several Mets sources said they did not see anything mechanically wrong with Harvey, and on Thursday night he missed command of his fastball and he ran across the deadlock of the plate. A to solve his problems would be useless for these kinds of problems.
So, Callaway's comments, having helped Carrasco, Salazar, and Bauer send them to Bullpen, seem to have been shown on Friday afternoon Harvey should probably listen carefully and find some comfort in this story.
Callaway Carrasco left the Bullpen after five bad starts in 2014. He made 26 appearances in relief and came back to get strong At the end of the season, Bauer made seven appearances from the Bullpen before turning them around.
Maybe he would be put under pressure on the Bullpen when he learns to use w Pitching force, but first Callaway must find a way to make him accept this challenge
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