Veteran Harvey recalled to Royals, expected to start tonight

Local Sports MLB

Former New York Mets All-Star pitcher Matt Harvey has been recalled to the roster of the Kansas City Royals, with all indications that Harvey will start the second game of a Wednesday afternoon doubleheader at Kauffman Stadium against Cincinnati.

MLB Insider Jon Heyman was the first to report on the Royals plans on Tuesday afternoon, marking his return to the big leagues after KC signed him to a minor-league deal in July.

Following his Tuesday afternoon recall to Kansas City, Harvey spoke about the irony of playing against the Royals, whom we battled in the 2015 World Series:



In the early part of the 2010’s, Harvey, nicknamed “The Dark Knight”, was a rising star for the Mets.  He was 9-5 with a 2.27 ERA in 2013, but missed 2014 after Tommy John surgery.  In the Mets National League championship season of 2015, he was 13-8 with a 2.71 ERA, but battled injury and personal difficulties in future years, leading to New York trading him to Cincinnati in 2018.  For the remainder of that year, Harvey was 7-7 with a 4.50 ERA in 24 starts for the Reds.

Last season, Harvey moved on to the Los Angeles Angels, but struggled to a mark of 3-5 with a 7.09 ERA.  He was designated for assignment by July, and ended the year with Oakland’s Triple-A team.

Photo credit – Marcio Jose Sanchez / Associated Press / Anaheim, CA