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October 06, 2015

Mets pitcher Matt Harvey misses mandatory team workout before playoffs

The Phillies finished as the worst team in baseball, so Philadelphians will be forced to adopt a new team this October: whoever is playing the New York Mets. The National League East champions will begin their best-of-five NLDS series with the Los Angeles Dodgers on Friday.

Today, the team held a mandatory workout at Citi Field that star pitcher Matt Harvey missed because he was stuck in traffic. This is major news in New York because everything Matt Harvey does is major news in New York. From the New York Post:

The Mets star pitcher was a no-show at the team’s Tuesday workout after getting stuck in tunnel traffic. Harvey alerted manager Terry Collins, who said he told the right-hander — slated to start Game 3 against the Dodgers in the NLDS next Monday — to turn around because he was already going to be too late. Harvey eventually appeared at Citi Field and gave a statement about his absence.

“Obviously today was not the greatest,” Harvey said. “The last thing I ever want to do is not be with my team. There’s no excuse. I screwed up. … I just truly screwed up.”

As someone who has family on Long Island, that traffic can be pretty brutal. Harvey has been a lightning rod ever since super-agent Scott Boras started an innings-limit controversy, which is why something as harmless as his tardiness makes for front-page news. He is slated to start Game 3 against the Dodgers on Monday back in New York.

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