Matt Harvey’s velocity just wasn’t there on Wednesday, and even though he picked up five strikeouts against one walk, he also gave up three homers and lasted just four innings and 58 pitches. The Mets were concerned about what Terry Collins described as being a tired arm, so they sent Harvey to the hospital: It turns out Harvey has a broken bone in his shoulder.
More specifically, Harvey has a stress injury to the scapula bone in his throwing shoulder. He’s been placed on the 10-day disabled list, but he’s expected to be there for a much longer time. New York will have Harvey rest until the injury itself is healed and then have him throw, so we’re talking several weeks at minimum.
James Shields was the unlucky pitcher on the other side of all three homers. And it started almost right away when Olson, the second batter of the game, hit a two-run jack in the first inning. In the second inning, Brugman hit a solo shot. And then in the third inning, Barreto hit a two-run homer. Barreto was making his major league debut after being promoted just a few hours before game time, and hadn’t had time to sleep or eat before the game started. (Hopefully he doesn’t consider tiredness and hunger good luck charms from now on.) It definitely wasn’t Shields’ lucky day he lasted just three innings and gave up six runs, but he managed to get his 2,000th career strikeout anyway.
To say this is rare is to call the Hope Diamond a big rock. This is something that hasn’t been done since 1914, 103 years ago. It was done by Duke Kenworthy, Art Kruger and John Potts, who played for the Kansas City Packers (a team in the now-obviously-defunct Federal League). 1914 isn’t just a century ago, it’s galaxies away from the kind of baseball that’s played today, which just makes it all the more ridiculous and wonderful (not to mention historical). Honestly, the fact that it’s been done even once before is incredible.