That doesn't mean Matt Harvey's demotion to the Mets' bullpen will produce a happy ending.
"Sometimes decisions are decisions, and people have to live with them", Callaway said.
Now with four starts under his belt, Harvey is 0-2 with a 6.00 ERA and the clear weak link in the Mets rotation, which is a bit of an accomplishment considering Steven Matz is 1-1 with a 4.42 ERA of his own while looking overwhelmingly mediocre at best. He'll reportedly be available as a reliever beginning on Tuesday.
Matt Harvey will not take his next turn in the rotation and instead will head to the bullpen after another rough outing, Mets manager Mickey Callaway said Saturday. I don't think he's being defiant as much as he's speaking about his desire and current reality. I wouldn't say he's discouraged.
"I think he can help us", Callaway said to reporters. However, Harvey's six innings pitched in his most recent start were marred by six earned runs, a season high. "That's how baseball goes".
Wisler retired the first 11 batters before Asdrubal Cabrera singled in the fourth. But given the history of these pitchers, it's easy to wonder how long there will be stability in the Mets' rotation.
The last part is questionable with Harvey, who Thursday night, after getting hit around by the Braves, was asked about the possibility of relieving and declared: "I'm a starting pitcher".
Harvey (0-2) gave up six runs in six innings, including a two-run homer to Braves catcher Kurt Suzuki in the first inning. The Mets took a 3-1 lead in the game, but Harvey would allow two runs in the bottom of the sixth inning to knot it up at three a piece. "I'm not sure what we're going to do".
"I don't have to agree with it, but I have to go out there and do the best I can to get things going", he said.
Only two years ago, the idea of Matt Harvey earning a demotion to the bullpen would have seemed as insane as, I don't know, the idea of a porn star suing the president. Noah Syndergaard and Jacob deGrom, while healthy, are immovable object at the top of that rotation.
Vargas (broken right hand) is scheduled to be evaluated by a doctor Saturday and start for Triple-A Las Vegas Monday. Six innings, six runs is a bad start. He was 5-7 with a 6.70 ERA in 2017. After originally hoping to go through rehab for the injury, he opted for Tommy John surgery and would miss the entire 2014 season.