Matt Harvey will miss the rest of Spring Training and his status for his Opening Day start is up in the air due to what Mets GM Sandy Alderson described as “a non-baseball medical issue that we have to address.” Alderson and manager Terry Collins told reporters that (including ESPN New York’s Adam Rubin) Harvey informed the Mets about the problem after some type of symptom developed this morning, and the right-hander will undergo further tests.
A source familiar with Harvey’s condition tells Mike Puma of the New York Post (Twitter links) that the problem “isn’t major” in the sense that it would cause Harvey to miss a lot of time, which is obviously good news on both a personal and professional level for the ace righty.
The Mets were naturally guarded with details out of respect for Harvey’s privacy and possibly due to the fact that his ailment isn’t quite confirmed. “I think it’s a little early to attach any level of concern. We need to wait for more medical information before we decide if it’s of concern or grave concern or no concern,” Alderson said.
Collins and Alderson both stressed that the ailment was non-orthopedic in nature, so not related to Harvey’s shoulder or elbow. Obviously, this was the first thought of many in regards to a Harvey-related injury given how he already missed all of 2014 recovering from Tommy John surgery. Harvey returned from that procedure in fine form, posting a 2.71 ERA, 8.9 K/9 and 5.08 K/BB rate over 189 1/3 innings in the regular season and then a 3.04 ERA over 26 2/3 innings in the postseason as the Mets advanced to the World Series.