Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

Injuries Lead Harvey, Walker to the DL for 'Several Weeks'

Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

Injuries Lead Harvey, Walker to the DL for 'Several Weeks'

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The Mets received two more blows Thursday as Matt Harvey and Neil Walker will both miss at least "several weeks," according to the team.

Walker has been placed on the disabled list with a partially torn left hamstring while Harvey has a stress injury to the scapula bone in his right shoulder.

Harvey will be placed on the disabled list today, and infielder Gavin Cecchini was promoted Thursday to take Walker's spot on the roster. Both injured players were examined Thursday at the Hospital for Special Surgery in Manhattan.

It's been yet another rough year for the Mets with regard to injuries, and these latest setbacks came right before the team began a crucial four-game set against Washington.

Harvey started Wednesday's game against the Cubs and lasted just four innings while surrendering four runs, and said after the game his arm "was just not working at all." His velocity dipped during the game with his fastball registering in the upper 80s at times.

"I think the last time I threw 87 with a fastball was probably freshman year of high school," Harvey said after the game.

The righty underwent an MRI and CT scan Thursday, and received a platelet-rich plasma (PRP) injection. He will start throwing once he is pain free. The team will only have to fill his spot in the rotation once since it's employing a six-man rotation.

Rafael Montero is the only option on the 25-man roster, but the team could also bring back righty Tyler Pill. The six-man rotation will end after the next day off June 26.

Harvey is 4-3 with a 5.25 ERA in his first season after undergoing surgery for thoracic outlet syndrome, and Mets general manager Sandy Alderson said this is a new injury for the righty. He added the team is not currently searching for external rotation options.

"The amount of time we expect he will be out is measured in weeks and not months," Alderson said prior to the game Thursday. …

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