Originally posted on New York Mets Report  |  Last updated 6/9/13
So much for Matt Harvey having composure beyond his years. Harvey’s handling of his minor hip injury Saturday and the Mets’ subsequent response exceeds stupid on so many levels. HARVEY: Leaves game with back tightness. (AP) Harvey “tweaked’’ his back but didn’t tell anybody until after he singled in the seventh inning. So, he feels something is wrong, yet he still goes to the plate, where the act of swinging could do further damage? There is no reason why he should be so reckless. His competitive nature is to be admired and respected, but his thinking here should be criticized. This is a June game with the Miami Marlins, and both teams aren’t going anywhere. There’s no good reason to take a risk. Even worse, is the Mets letting him go out for his warm-up tosses after the inning before pulling him. Haven’t they learned when a pitcher has an injury that he’s supposed to be pulled immediately? Any back or leg issue can lead to the altering of the mechanics and cause a residual effect on the arm. Why take a chance? And, please, the pitcher saying he’s fine is not an acceptable excuse. Here’s hoping both Harvey and the Mets learned something. Speaking of handling things poorly, Zack Wheeler’s “promotion’’ to the major leagues is being bungled. After Wheeler’s lackluster effort Friday night, and opposing manager Howard Johnson’s lukewarm analysis, the Mets are delaying his debut. Johnson, who knows a thing or two about pitching as he hammered it during his career with the Mets, did not give a high endorsement of Wheeler after watching him as the opposing team’s hitting coach. The stuff is there, but the refinement is not. There’s still work to be done, but the major leagues is not the place to do it. Wheeler needs more development, and to those who say promote him because the Mets are losing don’t get it. If he’s not ready, he won’t be doing much winning on this level. Wheeler needs to be dominating in Triple-A and he clearly is not, and once he arrives it should be for good. But, I can’t see that now and the Mets are fooling themselves if they say he can. Wheeler could become the star the Mets envision, but even if he does there will be games in which he takes his lumps. Why have him experience them now when he doesn’t have to? It isn’t as if he’ll save a season that already looks lost.
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