Matt Harvey Expected to Miss 'Several Weeks' with Shoulder Injury, Mets Announce

Joseph ZuckerFeatured ColumnistJune 15, 2017

New York Mets starting pitcher Matt Harvey works during the first inning of the team's baseball game against the Atlanta Braves on Friday, June 9, 2017, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)
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The New York Mets announced Thursday doctors diagnosed Matt Harvey with a stress injury to his right shoulder, Newsday's Marc Carig reported. The team expects Harvey to miss several weeks while he recovers.

Harvey pitched four innings in New York's 9-4 win over the Chicago Cubs on Wednesday. He allowed four earned runs on four hits. 

The 2017 season has been a disappointing one for the right-hander.

He's 4-3 with a 5.25 ERA in 13 starts. His 6.17 FIP is second-highest among qualified starting pitchers, per FanGraphs. The 28-year-old also received a three-game suspension after he missed their 11-3 win over the Miami Marlins on May 6.

Harvey's health was a big question coming into this year. He made 17 starts in 2016 before being diagnosed with thoracic outlet syndrome and undergoing season-ending surgery.

When Harvey returned to the mound in spring training, his velocity was down from its pre-surgery levels, and the problem has continued through to the regular season.

According to Brooks Baseball, his fastball is averaging 94.66 mph, down from 95.39 mph in 2016 and 96.46 in 2015. During Wednesday's start, Harvey averaged 91.83 mph with his fastball.

The shoulder injury could be the source of Harvey's troubles, and at the very least, the extended break will allow him to get healthy again so he could potentially get back to his All-Star self.