Mets part ways with Harvey

The Associated Press

NEW YORK — Matt Harvey was formally designated for assignment Saturday by the New York Mets, who replaced him on the pitching staff by recalling reliever Hansel Robles from Triple-A Las Vegas.

The move was made before the Mets hosted the Colorado Rockies, just as general manager Sandy Alderson said. Alderson announced Friday the team had decided to cut Harvey from its roster after the struggling former ace refused a minor league assignment.

The 29-year-old right-hander, beset by injuries following a sensational start to his career, lost his spot in the rotation last month after four starts. He was demoted to the bullpen and had a 10.50 ERA in four relief appearances.

Robles was 2-0 with a 3.38 ERA in eight appearances for the Mets from April 2-17. He struck out 13 and walked one.

The Mets now have seven days to trade or release Harvey. Because of his $5,625,000 salary, a trade might be difficult to work out unless the club agrees to send cash as part of a deal. If Harvey is released, a team signing him would owe just a prorated share of the $545,000 minimum.

Harvey is 0-2 with a 7.00 ERA in 27 innings, leaving him with a 34-37 record and 3.66 ERA in six major league seasons. His jersey and workout clothes were still in his Mets locker Saturday afternoon at Citi Field.

Harvey would have been eligible for free agency after this season. As a player with five years of major league service, he cannot be assigned to the minor leagues without his consent.

Elsewhere:

n Shohei Ohtani is set to make his return to the mound after being announced as the Los Angeles Angels’ starter for today’s series finale against Seattle. The Angels listed Ohtani as the starter on prior to Saturday’s game. He went through a bullpen session on Friday and came out of that without issue. Manager Mike Scioscia said after Friday’s game that all signs were pointing to Ohtani making the start but the team wanted to wait till Saturday before making it official. Ohtani had been scheduled to start earlier this week before a mild ankle sprain pushed back his turn in the rotation. Ohtani is 2-1 with a 4.43 ERA in four starts. He’s struck out 26 batters in 20-plus innings.

n Chicago White Sox infielder Yoan Moncada has been put on the 10-day disabled list with tightness in his left hamstring. Manager Rick Renteria said an MRI came back clean and the move was precautionary. The 22-year-old Moncada is batting .263 with six home runs and 17 RBIs. His .359 on-base percentage and .509 slugging percentage are both second on the team among regulars.

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