Despite health scare, Matt Harvey set for Opening Day start

Adam Hunger-USA TODAY Sports
Adam Hunger-USA TODAY Sports

On Monday, the New York Mets scratched right hander Matt Harvey from his Tuesday start with an undisclosed injury.

The only information initially made available by the Mets was that the issue was not with Harvey’s arm, and he wasn’t a lock to pitch on Opening Day.

Substantial changes took place on Tuesday, though. Harvey’s issue was reportedly a blood clot in his bladder. Fortunately for Harvey and the Mets, Harvey has overcome the infection and blood clot, and is slated to pitch April 3, when the Mets open the season with a World Series rematch, at the Kansas City Royals.

Harvey spoke to the media on Tuesday and addressed the situation. “It started with a bladder infection, and it created a blood clot in the bladder” Harvey said, per With under a week until the Mets open the season, Harvey is confident the issue is behind him. “I’m cleared to go, cleared to do some minor activities today,” Harvey told the media.

Mets manager Terry Collins said the blood clot situation can, “send some shivers through your skin.” Indeed, it sounds unpleasant, but the fact that Harvey is on track to start Opening Day is undeniably good news for the Mets.

Harvey went 13-8 last season, with a 2.71 ERA in 29 starts.

New York boasts one of the best rotations in all of baseball, and it’s led by Harvey. Behind Harvey, the Mets plan to have Noah Syndergaard start the second of a two-game series against the Royals, and Jacob deGrom is expected to start the Mets’ home opener on April 8 against the Philadelphia Phillies.

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