Mets won't commit to Matt Harvey making his next start

Matt Harvey is attempting to salvage his once promising career

Matt Harvey is attempting to salvage his once promising career

"Sometimes decisions are decisions, and people have to live with them", Callaway said.

When Matt Harvey opened up the 2018 season with five scoreless innings of one-hit baseball against the Philadelphia Phillies, New York Mets fans all over had high hopes for the Dark Knight. At a time when the Mets are attempting to decipher who belongs and who doesn't in their rotation, their erstwhile ace is giving them little reason to recommend him.

After another poor start Thursday, Matt Harvey is no longer guaranteed a spot in the New York Mets rotation.

Harvey, for his part, slides to the pen having tossed 21 innings this season.

At the same time, I love how Mickey Callaway and pitching coach Dave Eiland are handling Harvey.

Therefore, the Mets are moving him to the bullpen. His future is still in his own hands and it's up to him if he will soon land back in the New York Mets starting rotation.

Harvey has allowed a combined 14 runs in his last three starts.

If general manager Sandy Alderson can find a way, trading Harvey before this summer's trade deadline would be considered a victory as the Mets could get something for the troubled and struggling arm.

Still Callaway wasn't willing to commit to Harvey in the rotation as Jason Vargas' rehab is nearing its end and the Mets (13-5) face the prospect of having six starting pitchers.

"I think he made that pretty clear yesterday that he wants to be a starter", Callaway said Saturday.

Harvey (0-2) gave up six runs in six innings, including a two-run homer to Braves catcher Kurt Suzuki in the first inning. And yes, it's unsafe to read too much into just a few starts in April. He also acknowledged that while he believes Harvey can help the Mets coming out of the bullpen, it's also likely that he'll be a starter again some time this season.

He has already made one comeback, overcoming a Tommy John surgery in late 2013 with a dominant 2015 season. To get his confidence back, send him out there during garbage innings.

Counting four starts this so far this year, Harvey has just nine wins in his last 40 appearances.

Harvey is not the first pitcher to be moved to the bullpen after a string of inconsistent performances as a starter. He threw 7.1 innings, allowing three runs on six hits with a walk and 12 strikeouts before the bullpen imploded in an eventual 8-6 Mets loss. Right now I need to work on it, that's in the bullpen.

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