Mets can't force Harvey to rehab in St. Lucie

PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. -- Matt Harvey expressed a strong desire to remain with the Mets, not rehab in Port St. Lucie, during the course of the season. And, as Ken Davidoff notes in the Post, Harvey mostly has the authority as of the latest collective bargaining agreement to determine where he spends his time.

Matt Harvey

Matt Harvey

#33 SP
New York Mets

2013 STATS

  • GM26
  • W9

  • L5

  • BB31

  • K191

  • ERA2.27

The CBA reads:

“A Club may direct a Player to perform prescribed rehabilitation work for an injury during the championship season at a rehabilitation facility at one of the following three sites: (a) in the Club’s home city; (b) on the road with the Club; or (c) at the Club’s spring training facility; provided, however, that a Club may not direct that a Player perform prescribed rehabilitation work for an injury at its spring training facility for a period of more than 20 days without the Player’s written consent.”

Writes Davidoff:

So the Mets can’t force Harvey to stay in Port St. Lucie beyond 20 days without Harvey’s consent.

Now, the Mets’ clear preference is for Harvey to be in Port St. Lucie most of the time. How stridently would Harvey challenge this? Could this erupt into a full-blown disagreement between the Mets and Harvey, who is represented by Boras?

We’ll have our answer in the coming weeks.