Matt Harvey entered last night’s start for the Baltimore Orioles at Yankee Stadium as one of the hottest pitchers in baseball. And for the most part, his performance seemed consistent with that point. However Harvey tweaked his knee and was forced to leave after just four innings. Harvey‘s line: 4.0 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 2 BB, 1 K.
Harvey had a lead before even taking the field. Ryan Mountcastle’s sac fly-RBI and Austin Hays’ RBI-single in the first inning gave the O’s a 2-0 lead. Mountcastle would also add a solo homer in the fourth, and the Birds appeared to be off to the races. But a fourth inning homer by Rizzo and Torres’ RBI-single cut that lead to 3-2.
And that’s where Harvey exited the game. We later found out about him tweaking his knee. Harvey on his injury:
It’s my push-off leg. You know, I reached down to get that ball that Torres hit and just kind of felt a little tweak. It was nothing serious, and then went to cover, it just felt tight. I think going forward in the outing, like, I couldn’t quite push off the rubber and stay in my mechanics like I needed to.Quote courtesy of Steve Melewski, MASNsports
Brandon Hyde said after the game that his expectation is that Harvey will make his next start, leaning on off days and so forth:
He tweaked his knee a little bit on the comebacker. I think it was in the third, and then in the fourth when he had to cover first base, it bit on him a little bit there too. So we’re hoping that, he’s going to have two extra days off, everything checked out OK, we’re hoping he’s going to be able to make his next start.Quote courtesy of Steve Melewski, MASNsports
New York would put five runs across in the seventh, and two in the eighth. This against the Oriole bullpen, of course. They always say to stay out of the big inning. that seventh inning basically ended the competitive part of the game. Big innings will do that.